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Susan B. Anthony Dollars (1979 - 1999)

Susan B. Anthony Dollars (1979 - 1981)

  • Weight: 8.100 grams
  • Diameter: 26.50mm
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Composition: layers of 75% copper, 25% nickel bonded to a core of pure copper
  • Designer: Frank Gasparro
  • Mint Mark Location: Obverse, left of bust
  • Key Dates:

 

History: Circulation-quality Susan B. Anthony dollars were struck by the U.S. Mint in three different years.  They were 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1999.  However, they were not released into general circulation in 1981.

Business-strike Anthony dollars dated 1981 were minted just for inclusion in the uncirculated coin sets, better known as "mint sets", sold by the Mint at a premium to collectors. The huge supply of "Susies" stored in government vaults for more than a decade because of public indifference came exclusively from the series' first two years.

The Anthony Dollar is the first circulating U.S. coin to feature a real woman. The Anthony Dollar also has the distinction of having the longest period of time between being struck. It was struck in 1981 and then not struck again until 1999, a lapse of 18 years. 

 

Narrow Rim

Wide Rim

1979-P Wide & Narrow Rim: These varieties are sometimes referred to as "Far Date" and "Near Date". This is actually inaccurate as the date was not moved, but instead the border was widened. The Mint began striking the 1979-P SBA Dollars with the "narrow rim". Late in 1979 the border was widened to give the coin a more aesthetic appearance. The "narrow rim" variety is found on all 1979 dollars from all of the mints. The 1979 "wide rim" variety can only be found on the "P" mint issues. The "wide rim" variety was used for the remainder of the series. According to information provided by George E. Hunter, the Assistant Director of Technology for the U.S. Mint at the time, there were 643 "wide rim" dies used at the Philadelphia Mint in 1979. With an estimated 250,000 strikes per die, that would give a mintage of 160,750,000 1979-P "Wide Rim" Susan B. Anthony Dollars, or nearly 45% of all 1979-P Anthony Dollars minted.

1979-S Proof Type 1

1979-S Proof Type 2

1979-S "Type-1" This is the Mint Mark some suggest was placed in use as early as 1968.  It was also used for all business strike 1979-S Susan B. Anthony dollars and the majority or the proof coin mintages for all denominations in 1979.  It is characterized by an indistinct to almost blob-like appearance (extremely blob-like on the later stages). It may come with or without clear fields or "attachments" within the center loops depending on the amount of punching pressure utilized to sink the image into the die and/or the amount of polishing the die receives.  This is the more common variety for the year.

1979-S "Type-2" This Mint mark was introduced in the later part of 1979 for proof coinage production (and referred to as Ty-2 for this year).   It exhibits large bulbous serifs and rounder center loops than found on the Ty-1.  In spite of the fact that this variety is frequently and inaccurately referred to as "Clear S", it may come with or without clear fields or "attachments" within the center loops depending on the amount of punching pressure utilized to sink the image into the die and/or the amount of polishing the die receives.  It does, however, have a greater tendency to be found with "clearer fields" within the loops than the Ty-1, but this is not a determining factor of type.

1981-S Proof Type 1

1981-S Proof Type 2

1981-S "Type-1" This is the same Mint mark as introduced in the later part of 1979 for proof coinage production (and referred to as Ty-2 for that year). (It is the first one used in 1981 and is thus designated Ty-1 for that year.) It exhibits smaller rounded serifs and more oval shaped center loops than found on the Ty-2. It may come with or without clear fields or "attachments" within the center loops depending on the amount of punching pressure utilized to sink the image into the die and/or the amount of polishing the die receives. This is the more common variety for the year.

1981-S "Type-2" This Mint mark was introduced in the later part of 1981 for proof coinage production (and referred to as Ty-2 for this year). It exhibits large bulbous serifs and rounder center loops than found on the Ty-1. In spite of the fact that this variety is frequently and inaccurately referred to as "Clear S", it may come with or without clear fields or "attachments" within the center loops depending on the amount of punching pressure utilized to sink the image into the die and/or the amount of polishing the die receives. It does, however, have a greater tendency to be found with "clearer fields" within the loops than the Ty-1 but this is not a determining factor of type.

 

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MS-65 Mint State  
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