Background and History
In 1976 The United States Mint began to consider abolishing the current large size dollar coinage or making a new coin that was smaller and lighter in weight. Although Eisenhower dollars never widely circulated, the U.S. Mint and The Department of the Treasury was intent on keeping the one dollar coin.
Keeping with the times, it was decided to portray a woman on the new smaller coin.
It was decided that Susan B. Anthony, a pioneer of women's rights, would be portrayed on the new coin. Research indicated that the coin could easily be confused with a quarter, so an eleven sided rim was included in the design and a marketing campaign was mounted to educate the public.
All of this was to no avail. The public still confused the new coin with a quarter and it never circulated widely. The reverse used the same design that was used on the previous one dollar coin, the Eisenhower dollar. No coins were made from 1981 through 1998. However, in 1999 an additional run was made to meet the demands of the vending machine industry. The next year the Sacajawea dollar was introduced. Prices for Susan B. Anthony dollars are affordable for all type of collectors.
Coin Values and Prices:
|1979 Proof||San Francisco||S||Type 1; Filled S|
(Mint mark looks like a blob)
|1979 Proof||San Francisco||S||Type 2; Clear S|
(Mint mark is clear and well formed)
|1980 Proof||San Francisco||S|
|1981 Proof||San Francisco||S||Type 1; Clear S|
(Mint mark is clear but pointed)
|1981 Proof||San Francisco||S||Type 2; Flat S|
(Mint mark is flat on top)
Errors and Varieties
|1979||Philadelphia||P||Wide Rim (or "Near Date")||Date is closer to the rim than previous 1979 issues.|
The following table lists mint production numbers for the number of Susan B. Anthony (SBA) One Dollar Coin produced at each mint facility. Where possible, production numbers by strike type are noted.
|1979 Proof||San Francisco||S||3,677,175||All types|
|1980 Proof||San Francisco||S||3,554,806|
|1981||Philadelphia||P||3,000,000||Issued only in mint sets|
|1981||Denver||D||3,250,000||Issued only in mint sets|
|1981 Proof||San Francisco||S||4,063,083||All types|
|1981||San Francisco||S||3,492,000||Issued only in mint sets|
Suggested Books on Susan B. Anthony (SBA) One Dollar Coin
- Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins; Walter Breen; Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (May 1, 1988); ISBN-13: 978-0385142076
- The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 2; Fivaz, Bill and J.T. Stanton; Publisher: Whitman Publishing, Atlanta (2009); ISBN-13: 978-0794832391
- History Of The United States Mint and Its Coinage, Whitman Publishing Llc; 1ST edition (April 30, 2005), ISBN-10 0794819729, ISBN-13 978-0794819729
- A Guide Book of United States Proof Sets 2nd Edition (Official Red Books), Whitman Publishing; 2 edition (June 1, 2010), ISBN-10: 0794828604, ISBN-13: 978-0794828608