The fourth regular issue of the series was the 2019 Georgia American Innovation Dollar. The coin commemorates the 1734 founding of the Trustees’ Garden in Savannah, Georgia.
James Oglethorpe (1696-1785) established the Trustees’ Garden in Savannah, Georgia, in 1734 as a public garden on behalf of the Colony of Georgia Trustees. This ten-acre garden lies on the east end of Savannah (along East Broad Street). Oglethorpe laid out the plans for the town common two years after obtaining the charter for the colony of Georgia and one year after establishing Savannah.
The Trustees’ Garden is not known to have been pictured during this time, but an inscription in a 1757 map indicates it included a gate named “Trustees Garden Gate.” The Trustees’ Garden was one of the first public gardens in America designed using scientific principles and influenced by the trans-Atlantic network of people, plants, and ideas that prevailed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in botany and garden design.
American Innovation Dollar Characteristics
A hand is depicted planting seeds in the garden on the coin’s reverse side. It includes a seedling orange tree, sassafras, grapes, white mulberry, flax, peaches, and olives. In addition, Trustees’ Garden, United States of America, and Georgia appear on the inscriptions. Designer Emily Damstra created the reverse, and sculptor Michael Gaudioso created the sculpture.
2019 Georgia Trustees’ Garden – 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
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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