2004 Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Proof Dollar

Item Number: 72215
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 1 1/2 inch (38.1mm) Round
Material: 0.86 oz .900 Silver Proof
(0.77 oz of Silver)
Price: $32.99


2004 Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Proof Dollar

The year 2004 marked the 125th anniversary of Thomas A. Edison’s invention of the light bulb.

To honor this event, the US Mint produced the Thomas Alva Edison  Commemorative Silver Dollar coins, offered in both proof and uncirculated condition.   Mintage of the Proof Silver Dollar was 211,055.

Long considered one of the most prolific inventors of history—holding 1093 patents in his name, and having founded 14 companies, including General Electric—Edison’s crowning achievement was his invention of the light bulb. This significance was captured by the coin. Public Law 105-331 stated that the coins “shall be emblematic of the light bulb and the many inventions made by Thomas A. Edison throughout his prolific life.”

The obverse of the Silver Dollar is a portrait of the inventor in his laboratory, holding an early experimental light bulb.  The reverse features a rendering of his first light bulb, encircled above by the inscription “125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIGHT BULB”, and below by the date of that invention, 1879, and the year of the minting of the commemorative silver coin, 2004.

United States Mint sculptor/engraver Donna Weaver designed the obverse;  sculptor/engraver John Mercanti the reverse.