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Steve's Rare Coins

Susan B. Anthony Dollars

Susan B. Anthony Dollars 

The Susan B. Anthony dollar is a United States coin minted from 1979 to 1981, and again in 1999. It depicts women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony on a dollar coin. It was the first circulating U.S. coin with the portrait of an actual woman rather than an allegorical female figure such as 'Liberty'. The reverse depicts an eagle flying above the moon (with the Earth in the background), a design adapted from the Apollo 11 mission insignia that was also present on the previously issued Eisenhower Dollar. It was one of the most unpopular coins in American history. 

The Susan B. Anthony dollar is often referred to affectionately by collectors as the "Susan B." or "Susie". It is relatively easy to collect as all issues of this short series were minted in large quantities, and so numismatic demand can be easily met. For example, in 1999 the Philadelphia mint produced 750,000 proof coins. Each of these was sold as a separately boxed item. It took five years for them to sell out. Collectors had noticed that there exist a few varieties of the coin that differ slightly in their arrangement and pressing qualities. Shortly after production of circulating coinage began there was a die change narrowing the distance from the date to the rim. The earlier 1979-P "near date" or "wide rim" coins are somewhat scarcer than the later "far date" or "narrow rim" issue. In the proof sets, the main varieties are the 1979-S Type I and Type II mint marks, and the 1981-S Type I and Type II mint marks. In each case a blurry "S" mint mark was replaced with a clearer one, with the later coins much less common.