2004-P Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

Appearing as the first commemorative release of the US Mint in 2004 was the 2004-P Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar.

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Final Mintage: 211,055
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Issued to celebrate Edison’s invention of the light bulb 125 years earlier, the coin also pays tribute to a man who was responsible for many other creations. His interest and creativity earned him the distinction of being one of the most prolific inventors in history.

Edison Silver Dollars were produced in both proof and uncirculated condition by the US Mint.

Previous US Mint Commemoratives

The modern commemorative era began in 1982 from the US Mint. Since then, many coins have been created with some of the major strikes preceding the Edison Silver Dollar shown below:

  • 2003 – First Flight Centennial Commemorative Coins
  • 2002 – West Point Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
  • 2002 – Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Coins
  • 2001 – American Buffalo Commemorative Coins
  • 2001 – U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Coins
  • 2000 – Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Coins
  • 2000 – Library of Congress Commemorative Coins

The US Mint places a surcharge on the sale of each commemorative. Funds raised are forwarded to organizations dictated by the legislation which authorized the coins.

Issue Information

Struck from 90% silver, each Edison Silver Dollar has a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Proof Edison Coin on February 11, 2004.

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the Edison Proof Coin was $33.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Each Edison Silver Dollar was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and show the ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

The obverse (heads side) of the Thomas Alva Edison Silver Dollar featured a portrait of the famous inventor in his laboratory as designed by United States Mint sculptor/engraver Donna Weaver.

Edison’s 1879 light bulb is shown on the reverse (tails side) of the coin and was designed by United States Mint sculptor/engraver John Mercanti.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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