2004-P Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar

Celebrating one of the most prolific inventors in history, the US Mint issued the 2004-P Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar early in 2004.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 92,510
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The coin was actually struck to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Edison’s creation of the light bulb, but the man as well as his many inventions were also honored. Surcharges added to the sale of these coins were forwarded to eight different organizations in some way affiliated with the memory of Edison or his contributions to society.

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

Previous US Mint Commemoratives

Multiple commemorative coins have been released by the US Mint since the modern commemorative era began in 1982. A few of those preceding the Edison Silver Dollar are 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 is not required to strike commemoratives each year, but instead are directed to do coins on an individual basis based on legislation authorizing each coin.

Issue Information

Each Edison Silver Dollar is struck from 90% silver and features a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

The Uncirculated Edison Coin was released on February 11, 2004.

Issue Price

$31.00 is the initial issue price shown for the Edison Uncirculated Coins from the US Mint.

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

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

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: Uncirculated
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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