The first regular release of the series was the Delaware American Innovation Dollar in 2019. In honor of Annie Jump Cannon, a star classification system still used today was developed by her.
Dover, Delaware, was the birthplace of Annie Jump Cannon, who was born December 11, 1863. Mary Elizabeth Jump and Wilson Lee Cannon had their first child, Annie Cannon. She was encouraged to become a scientist by her mother. So when he and Jump were building their observatory together, Jump would open the roof trap door for them to observe the stars.
An astronomer who revolutionized how stars are classified; Annie Jump Cannon was the “census taker of the sky.” Cannon developed the Harvard spectral system and classified approximately 350,000 stars manually. In 1931, she was given the Henry Draper Medal of honor by the National Academy of Sciences for being the first woman to receive the degree of Doctor of Astronomy from Groningen University. In addition, in 1931, she became the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Oxford University.
American Innovation Dollar Characteristics
As seen against the starry night sky, a silhouette of Annie Jump Cannon appears on the reverse design. Some inscriptions read “United States of America,” “Annie Jump Cannon,” and “Classifying the Stars.” Donna Weaver designed the reverse, and Joseph Menna sculpted it.
2019 Delaware Classifying the Stars – American Innovation Dollars
Authorizing Legislation: H.R. 770, American Innovation $1 Coin Act
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Dollar Obverse Inscriptions
In God We Trust
Dollar Reverse Inscriptions
United States of America
Annie Jump Canyon
Classifying the Stars
Incused Edge Inscriptions
E Pluribus Unum
Mint & Dollar Mint Marks
Denver and Philadelphia in Business Strikes
San Francisco in Proof and Reverse Proof Strikes
Available Dollar Mint Strikes
Business, Proof & Reverse Proof
American Innovation Dollar Specifications
Composition: 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese and 2% Nickel
Weight: 8.1 grams
Edge: Incused Letter
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