US Patent Dollar
$3.49 – $49.95
The United States American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series honoring innovation and innovators with $1 coins from each State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands. The 2018 American Innovation $1 Introductory Coin have uncirculated finishes and were minted at the Denver or Philadelphia Mint.
The U.S. Mint issued a special American Innovation $1 Coin in 2018 to introduce a new $1 coin series: the American Innovation® $1 Coin Program. The coin pays homage to President George Washington who issued the first U.S. patent to Samuel Hopkins on July 31, 1790, for developing a process for making potash, an ingredient found in fertilizer. Millions of patents have been issued since then, a testament to our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit, and the remarkable innovation and discovery it unleashes.
The obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The reverse design features George Washington’s signature and the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “AMERICAN INNOVATORS,” and “SIGNED FIRST PATENT.” The stylized gears represent industry and innovation. The year of minting, mint mark, and inscription “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.
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