The American Innovations Dollar Collection is beautiful and educational, containing the Philadelphia and Denver minted dollar coins honoring this new program of American ingenuity. Both coins sit within a Lock-tite, crystal clear enclosure affixed to a full color 5x15 inch tri-fold containing information about the United States Patent process and highlighting some of America's greatest inventors.
The United States Mint 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 New Jersey coin is the third of four to be released this year. It features an electric light bulb, developed by Thomas Edison and his team of researchers in New Jersey. The advent of commercially manufactured light bulbs gave people easy control over light in homes and businesses, which drastically changed infrastructure, business, and society by allowing work and social activities to occur regardless of the time of day.
The reverse depicts an Edison bulb against an ornate background. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “NEW JERSEY.”
The obverse design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The obverse also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation.
The edge-incused inscriptions are “2019,” mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”