2020-S Reverse Proof Maryland American Innovation Dollar Released


Today, Dec. 30, the United States Mint released their 2020-S Reverse Proof Maryland American Innovation Dollar for $11.50.

Produced for collectors as a part of the U.S. Mint’s American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program, the dollar’s reverse (tails side) depicts the Hubble Space Telescope which has strong ties to the state of Maryland.

Finishes: Uncirculated vs. Proof vs. Reverse Proof

Its design may look familiar as earlier this month uncirculated Maryland dollars launched in rolls and bags and a proof Massachusetts dollar was part of a four-coin proof set issued in October.

CoinNews Photo 2020 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set
This CoinNews photo is of a 2020 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set which the U.S. Mint released last month. The coins show the four innovation designs for 2020. The proof Maryland is found in the lower left.

Uncirculated coins look most like those found in circulation, although they are generally sharper with more brilliance as extra care and steps are taken in their production.

Proof coins are more unique, showcasing the highest quality with frosted design elements that contrast against mirror-like backgrounds. An inverted proof, a reverse proof is a numismatic appearance described by the U.S. Mint as having a frosted background and a brilliant, mirror-like finish.

2019-S Proof American Innovation Dollar for Delaware
This CoinNews photo shows a regular proof 2019-S Delaware American Innovation dollar. Opposite of the dollar released today, this coin’s finish has a frosted design that contrasts against a mirror-like background.
2019-S Reverse Proof Delaware American Innovation Dollar
This CoinNews photo shows a reverse proof 2019-S Delaware American Innovation dollar. The finish on this coin is opposite of a proof with a frosted background that contrasts against mirror-like design elements.

Designs on Maryland American Innovation Dollar

The dollar’s reverse shows the Hubble Space Telescope orbiting earth surrounded by a field of stars. Launched in 1990, Hubble’s management is overseen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute, both located in Maryland.

Photo 2020-S Maryland American Innovation Dollar - reverse side
This CoinNews photo shows the reverse (tails) side of a 2020-S Maryland American Innovation Dollar in a proof finish. The coin was released earlier in October as part of the 2020 American Innovation Dollar Proof Set. The dollar the U.S. Mint released today features the same design but it has a reverse proof finish.

The image is the work of United States Mint artist Joseph Menna. He also completed its sculpting for coins. Inscriptions around the design include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE," and "MARYLAND."

Photo 2020-S Maryland American Innovation Dollar - obverse side
This CoinNews photos shows the same coin as above, but of its obverse or heads side. Again, the dollar the U.S. Mint released today carries the same obverse design but it has reverse proof finish.

All coins from the program bear the same obverse (heads side) design which shows a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty. The likeness was completed by U.S. Mint artist Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Obverse inscriptions include "$1" and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

Edge-incused inscriptions read "2020," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and an "S" mint mark for the San Francisco Mint to denote where the coin was made.

Coin Specifications

Denomination: Dollar
Finish: Reverse Proof
Composition: 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel, Balance Copper
Weight: 8.100 grams
Diameter: 1.043 inches (26.49 mm)
Edge: Lettered
Mint and Mint Mark: San Francisco – S


Ordering and Limits

The 2020-S Reverse Proof Maryland $1 Coin is available directly from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog dedicated to American Innovation products.

Mintage for this product is set at 50,000 with an initial household order limit of five.

About the Innovation $1 Coin Program

The U.S. Mint’s series of American Innovation dollars reaches its eighth design with this Maryland coin. The series debuted in 2018 and is scheduled to run through 2032 with designs honoring innovation and innovators from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U. S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Four different Innovation dollars will be issued annually until the series is completed. (See all four 2020 dollar designs.) A single 2018 coin introduced to the series, paying homage to President George Washington who issued the first U.S. patent.

The complete program line-up to date is as follows:

  • 2018 Washington Signature
  • 2019 Delaware – Classifying the stars
  • 2019 Pennsylvania – Polio vaccine
  • 2019 New Jersey – Light bulb
  • 2019 Georgia – Trustees’ Garden
  • 2020 Connecticut – Gerber variable scale
  • 2020 Massachusetts – Telephone
  • 2020 Maryland – Hubble Space Telescope (this coin)

The final 2020-dated Innovation dollar represents South Carolina with a Septima Clark design. The U.S. Mint will release rolls and bags of the dollar on Jan. 19 and the reverse proof version on Feb. 1.

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sam tweedy

Hurry more innovation junk for your trunk!!! only 50,000 made!!!


I bought some, and then I bought more!

Chas. Barber

What if they made a $1 and NO ONE knew about it….I predict a great aftermarket kid$


What if I didnt buy bitcoin in November 2013 and litecoin in 2020. What if the Hammerheads knew something constructive? What if I didnt buy into the American innovation program? Sitting on the dais I look up to my pejorative futile peanut gallery for exactly what not to buy into.