2018 D American Innovation Dollar 1st Patent $1 Proof ER
The United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series to honor innovation and innovators by issuing $1 coins for 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 new $1 coins with distinctive reverse designs will be released each year from 2018 through 2032 in the order the states ratified the Constitution of the United States or were admitted to the Union. Once a coin is issued for each state, coins will be released for the District of Columbia and the territories.
To introduce the new series in 2018—before the States and territories are honored—a special American Innovation $1 Coin was minted and issued. 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. Features a detailed reproduction of Washington's autograph on the front of the coin.
The obverse (heads) design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile. It is inscribed with "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "$1".
The reverse (tails) design features George Washington’s signature. The stylized gears represent industry and innovation. It is inscribed with "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", "AMERICAN INNOVATORS", and "SIGNED FIRST PATENT".
The incused (edge) is inscribed with "2018", "S", and "E PLURIBUS ENUM".
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