An experienced coin dealer can tell you how much your silver dollar is worth just by looking at it. Typically, though, a silver dollar’s worth would hinge on its origin, age, and condition. Its variety will also inform this.
So how much is a 1979 silver dollar worth? I will explain how to determine this in this article.
Determining the Worth of a 1979 Silver Dollar
The silver dollar made in the US in 1979 is called the Susan B. Anthony dollar. The US Mint doled out the dollar coins in the hope to cut the cost of making paper one-dollar bills.
While the Susan B. Anthony dollar coins from 1979 are not expensive due to the fact that they are common, a few of them are quite valuable.
The following is a chart showing the worth of a 1979 silver dollar:
|Date and Mint Type||Circulated Buy||Circulated Sell||Uncirculated Buy||Uncirculated Sell|
|1979-P Wide Rim||$10||$6||$30||$22|
|1979-S Type 1 Proof||–||–||$8||$6.30|
|1979-S Type 2 Proof||–||–||$69||$52|
Therefore, the 1979-S type 2 and 1979-P silver dollars are worth more than others.
Note: The offer you get for your silver dollar type will vary according to the buyer or seller. Therefore, the chart above is just an approximation, not exact rates, to give an idea of what to expect for your coins.
The silver dollars were short-lived due to the confusion they created. As I said earlier, the coins were meant to replace the dollar bills in order to save costs. But people rejected it because they easily mistook it for quarters.
So, the coins were made from 1979 through 1981, then again in 1999. They carried the face of a pioneer women’s rights advocate, Susan B. Anthony.
How to Differentiate the Silver Dollar Coins
There are few physical distinctions between the silver dollar coins. Let me explain the differences so you easily know which you have and what it is worth:
The Wide Rim Silver Dollar Coin
In 1979, the US Mint made two coin hubs. But due to an error, the minting yielded two obverse dies that were different.
The first one came with a rim that was wide. Consequently, the date on the coin placed too close to its rim.
The government minted silver dollar coins with these obverse dies types only in the state of Philadelphia. This is why you see some marked with the P mint mark. The coins that carry the D and S mint marks don’t have any of this variety.
So, if you have a silver dollar coin, take a look at the date on it. The rim would be thick, with the date hanging too close to it. This variety of the coin is scarce so is valuable.
But its value is found when the coin is an uncirculated type. If it is the circulated type, it is not worth more than a few dollars.
The Narrow Rim Silver Dollar Coin
The silver dollar coin with a narrow rim does not have as much value as the wide rim type. This is even when it is uncirculated.
Again, as with the wide rim dollar, if you have a 1979 coin with the P mint mark, check to see the date. If it is not so close to the rim, it is the narrow rim type and is not worth much.
The S Proof Type 1
This type has an S mint mark that is not clear. It looks more like a blob than any defined letter. Because of this, it is called the blob mint mark.
The reason for this is that back in 1979, punching mint marks into working obverse dies was done with the hand. Coupled with the fact that the punch in use then was old, the mark came out poor.
This silver dollar with the poorly done mint mark is common so is not worth much. You will be able to tell if you have this type by just finding the mark and checking how clear it is.
The coins with the S mark were made in San Francisco.
The S Proof Type 2
Towards the end of production of the silver dollar coins in 1979, there was a new punch for the mint marks. The punch made clearer S marks on the dollar coins. So the ones with the clearer S became type 2.
The shortness of time meant a few of these coins came out of the mint. Due to this, they are scarce and more valuable than type 1.
Check your coin. If it has the clear S, with a ball appearing on the bottom and top of the letter, it is the newer S-type coin. Therefore, you have a valuable coin in your possession. In fact, it is the rarest and most valuable of the silver dollar coins. The table above will inform you how much it is worth.
Here is a video explaining the worth of the S-type silver dollar and why it has its value…
The 1979-D silver dollar coins are those minted in Denver. They seem to have the lowest value. You will know if you have one by looking at the left side of the coin, a little above the shoulder of SBA. That is usually where the mint mark appears.
Susan B. Anthony silver dollar is not popular among those who actively collect coins. So you will find that they are not as valuable as some other rare coins.
What Else Affects the Value of the Silver Dollar?
The condition in which the silver dollar appears also affects what you will get for it. If a coin is circulated, it will show wear and tear. Coin collectors usually like to take those that come in mint condition. The same is true for other types of collectors.
So if your silver dollar shows evidence of good circulation, the value drops. This is despite the type of coin it is.
If you have one that already has a low value and has been around the block, well, be ready to accept a few dollars for it. You can also opt to keep it and wait to see if the value goes up.
On the other hand, if the silver dollar in your possession is uncirculated, you stand a chance of getting good money for it. Any coin collector who wants this type of silver dollar would be willing to pay well, especially if it is the rare clear S type.
Uncirculated does not mean it has never been used. It simply means that it has been in circulation much. So it is showing little or no signs of wear and tear.
History of the Silver Dollar Coin
The first design made for the Susan B. Anthony dollar was a representation of the goddess Liberty. This image appeared on the coin’s obverse side.
However, lawmakers and different organizations refused to accept this, calling for the dollar coin to show a real person, a woman.
After the submission of proposals to decide which woman to use, Susan B. Anthony became the chosen subject. But the dollar’s reverse side retained the design on the Dwight Eisenhower dollar’s reverse side – the insignia of the mission of Apollo 11.
Anticipating a rush from the public, which didn’t happen then, the United States Mint minted 1,500,000,000 coins. The initial confusion it caused, where people mistook it for quarters, affected its popularity.
But in the 1990s, it began to see an increase in demand as people began to use it in mass transits and vending machines. This caused the surplus to deplete.
Did you know…
- The silver dollar was one of the first such coins in the US? Well, now you know. It dates as far back as 1794 and has been in use in the country since that time.
- Silver dollar usage has not been constant; there were times when people used other denominations. In fact, production stopped at some point due to shortage of silver. But now, it is being produced again but not out of silver and not for regular usage.
- Vending machines read the Susan B. Anthony silver dollar coin the same way they read a gold coin. This is because of the electromagnetic signature in them. The machines don’t read color; they read the signature. Besides, the golden color of the gold coin is not from the precious metal. The color comes from mixing nickel, zinc, copper and manganese.
- The dollar coin that came after the Susan B. Anthony silver coin of 1999 is a gold coin. Made in 2000, it carried the image of Sacagawea, a Native American woman.
Where to Sell Your Silver Dollar Coins
There are some reputable places to sell your silver dollar coins for good money. Of course, they are going to check their value; they won’t take your word for it.
But if you are like me, you’d want to make the most out of the experience. So below are a few places I would recommend to you if you want to sell your coins:
A Local Coin Dealer
While this is obvious, you may not find one so close to your home. This is especially true if you live in a small town.
Another downside is that some of them won’t give you good value for it. They will only value the coins after they are melted and the pure silver is weighed.
However, if you are able to find one, you will get cash for your coins. There is no need to wait or take a cheque.
You will also be able to deal with them face-to-face and learn a thing or two. If you have more coins to sell, you know where to go.
An Online Coin Dealer
This is very convenient. And if you are a private person, you don’t have to meet the buyer face-to-face.
Online, you will be able to find a lot of these buyers and reputable ones, too. So if one does not work for you, you have many others to choose from.
But bear in mind that the transaction won’t be private. You will leave financial footprints online. And the payment may take days or weeks to clear while the dealer holds your coins.
Additionally, transporting the coins is a risk. It may be delayed or you may lose them. Plus, it costs to transport them.
A Coin Show
You will find many experts and reputable dealers at one coin show. Even if you don’t sell immediately, you tend to get a good valuation of your coins.
However, you will pay an entrance fee to the show. And it does not happen often; once in a month or two is usually the earliest.
You are likely to get a higher payout on eBay if your coins get into an auction-style sale. There are usually many serious buyers and collectors on the site, looking for such opportunities. You stand an even better chance if your coins are of the rarest type.
There is also a slight chance of underselling in the auction-style sale. Plus, you will pay for the services. In addition, transporting the coins may eat well into your profit.
To know how much a 1979 silver dollar is worth, take the following into consideration:
These two factors make all the difference in increasing or decreasing the value of your dollar coins.
Have any questions? I am here to answer them. Ask them in the comments section.
Susan B. Anthony Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties
The United States Mint made Susan B. Anthony dollars for only four years (1979, 1980, 1981, and 1999). Frank Gasparro designed both the obverse and the reverse. Government officials hoped the smaller coin would take the place of the paper dollar in circulation and save money. This saving was based upon the assumption that a paper dollar lasts only eighteen months, while a coin can last up to thirty years.
Originally, Gasparro designed a symbolic figure of Lady Liberty. The portrait is very reminiscent of early copper cents with Lady Liberty facing left and her hair flowing behind her. Unfortunately, Congress dictated that the coin was to feature woman's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony. Due to time constraints, Gasparro adopted the reverse design of the Eisenhower dollar to fit on the new smaller dollar instead of designing the new one.
The new coin was very unpopular with the public. Previously, the Eisenhower dollar was 38.1 mm wide and weighed 22.68 g. The smaller Susan B. Anthony dollar was only 26.5 mm in diameter and weighed only 8.1 g. It was thought that a smaller coin would be easier to carry and be popular with the public. Unfortunately, it was often confused with the quarter dollar coin, which was 24.3 mm and weighed 5.6 g.
Several varieties add to the excitement of collecting them. Two of them are quite significant, and one of them usually sells for more than $100.
Susan B. Anthony dollar
United States dollar coin depicting Susan B. Anthony
The Susan B. Anthony dollar is a United Statesdollar coin minted from 1979 to 1981 when production was suspended due to poor public acceptance, and then again in 1999. Intended as a replacement for the larger Eisenhower dollar, the new smaller one-dollar coin went through testing of several shapes and compositions, but all were opposed by the vending machine industry, a powerful lobby affecting coin legislation. Finally, a round planchet with an eleven-sided inner border was chosen for the smaller dollar.
The original design for the smaller dollar coin depicted an allegorical representation of Liberty on the obverse, but organizations and individuals in Congress called for the coin to depict a real woman. Several proposals were submitted, and social reformer Susan B. Anthony was selected as the design subject. The reverse design of the Eisenhower dollar was retained, an engraving of the Apollo 11mission insignia showing an eagle landing on the Moon. Both sides of the coin, as well as the rejected Liberty design, were created by Frank Gasparro, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
One and a half billion coins were struck in anticipation of considerable public demand, but the Anthony dollar was poorly received, in part because of confusion caused by its similarity in size and metallic composition to the quarter. Despite its poor reception, the coins eventually began seeing use in vending machines and mass transit systems, depleting the surplus by the late 1990s. In 1997, Congress passed a law authorizing the mintage of a new gold-colored one-dollar coin depicting Sacagawea, but production could not begin quickly enough to meet demand. As a stopgap measure, until the new Sacagawea dollar coin could be issued, the Anthony dollar was struck again in 1999 after an eighteen-year hiatus; the series was retired the following year.
Special coins for sale to collectors were struck in proof finish through the run of the Susan B. Anthony dollar, and some minting variations are valuable to collectors. However, most circulation strikes remained in government stockpiles for several years after minting, so many of the coins are available in uncirculated grades, and the premium over face value is minimal.
The Eisenhower dollar was authorized by a bill signed into law on December 31, 1970.
In the early 1960s, as the price of silver rose, Treasury Department vaults were depleted of silver dollars by the public. No silver dollars had been minted in the United States since 1935, and a shortage developed in the Western United States, especially in areas in which gambling was common. As a result, Congress voted to authorize the production of 45 million new silver Peace dollars on August 3, 1964. However, the move drew strong condemnation from critics and the public who believed that the issuance of the coins was a waste of resources and influenced by special interests, and that they would be quickly removed from circulation. A total of 316,076 1964-D Peace dollars were struck before production was ordered suspended. The coins were melted soon afterwards. and the Coinage Act of 1965, enacted on July 23, 1965, forbade all production of dollar coins for a period of five years.
On May 12, 1969, the Joint Commission on the Coinage, a panel of 24 individuals organized by the 1965 Coinage Act, recommended resumption of dollar coin production following a study conducted by a Congressional task force. On October 1 and 3, 1969, a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives discussed the proposed legislation to authorize the coin, in a copper-nickel clad composition, with the 1.5-inch (38 mm) same diameter of the former silver dollars. A provision was added requiring the coin to depict former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had died earlier that year, on the obverse and a design "emblematic of the symbolic eagle of Apollo 11 landing on the moon" on the reverse.[a] President Richard Nixon signed the bill into law on December 31, 1970. Both the obverse and reverse designs were created by Frank Gasparro, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
As with previous dollar coins, the new Eisenhower dollar proved unpopular with the public, and very few of the coins were found in circulation. In 1976, the Research Triangle Institute conducted a survey of United States coinage. Among other things, they recommended the half dollar, which also saw little use, be entirely eliminated from production, and the size of the dollar be reduced. Their report read in part:
A conveniently-sized dollar coin would significantly broaden the capabilities of consumers for cash transactions, especially with machines. Members of the automatic merchandising industry have expressed a strong interest in a smaller dollar, indicating their willingness to adapt their machinery to its use.
Numismatic historian David L. Ganz suggested that Eisenhower, a Republican, was chosen as a means of balancing the half dollar, depicting DemocratJohn F. Kennedy. In a 1977 paper, he agreed with the findings of the institute, suggesting that both coins should be eliminated; the half dollar production ceased entirely, and the dollar replaced by one of smaller diameter and with a different design. Treasury officials desired the small dollar coin as a cost-saving measure; Mint DirectorStella Hackel estimated that replacing half of the issued dollar bills with small dollars would save $19 million ($75.4 million today) in annual production costs.[b]
The Mint began preparation for the reduced-diameter dollar coin in 1976. Although no legislation had yet been introduced, Treasury officials anticipated a positive reception from Congress, and the coin had near unanimous support from the Mint and the vending machine industry, an influential lobby in the area of coin design and creation. In 1977, Treasury SecretaryMichael Blumenthal publicly endorsed a smaller dollar coin and suggested that an allegorical representation of Liberty would be a suitable subject for the coin.
Gasparro's original design for the obverse and reverse of the coin which ultimately became the Susan B. Anthony dollar
Chief Engraver Gasparro was tasked with creating a design for the proposed coin. His obverse design depicted a bust of Liberty, while his reverse depicted a soaring eagle. The bust was pictured along with a pole, atop which sat a Phrygian cap, a symbol used to represent freedom. Gasparro's Liberty design was based on a similar obverse that he created for a 1969 American Numismatic Association convention medal. The reverse, depicting an eagle flying above a mountain against the rising sun, was originally created by Gasparro in 1967 for a proposed commemorative half dollar. Describing the reverse design, Gasparro stated that it was meant to symbolize "a new day being born".
The design was reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts, and in an April 29, 1976, letter, Commission member J. Carter Brown praised the design:
I believe this would be a superb design for United States Coinage, rooted as it is in a great tradition, being based on the 'Liberty Cap cent' of 1794, following Augustin Dupré's Libertas Americana medal commemorating Saratoga and Yorktown (1777–1781).
A bill to reduce the diameter of the dollar from 1.5 inches (38 mm) to 1.043 inches (26.5 mm) and the weight from 22.68 grams to 8.5 grams was introduced to the House of Representatives on May 1, 1978. The bill was introduced to the Senate on May 3, and the proposed weight was reduced from 8.5 grams to 8.1 grams. The Mint conducted experiments involving eight-, ten-, eleven- and thirteen-sided coins, but it was decided that the dollar would be round, as costly modifications would be required to update vending machinery to accept other shapes. Instead, the bill prescribed an eleven-sided inner border, which was intended to aid identification by sight and by feel for the visually handicapped.
Selection of Susan B. Anthony
Treasury officials officially recommended Gasparro's design, which they referred to as a "modernized version of the classic Liberty design". On May 3, 1978, Wisconsin's William Proxmire introduced legislation in the Senate which was identical to the Treasury proposal, except for mandating a design which was altered to social reformer Susan B. Anthony in place of the allegorical Liberty. On May 15, Representatives Mary Rose Oakar and Patricia Schroeder introduced similar legislation to the House of Representatives. Anthony was also recommended by members of the National Organization for Women, the Congresswomen's Caucus, the National Women's Political Caucus and the League of Women Voters. In support of the proposed legislation, the League addressed a letter to Walter E. Fauntroy, chairman of the Subcommittee on Historic Preservation and Coinage, reading in part:
The League believes that the time has come, and is indeed long past, for the likeness of a prominent American woman to be placed on a denomination of U.S. currency. We believe strongly that the likeness should be that of an actual woman and not that of an imaginary or symbolic figure. Susan B. Anthony contributed immeasurably to the advancement of human dignity in this nation. It is entirely fitting and appropriate that her memory be honored through this measure.
In addition, officials tallied suggestions sent to the Mint by the general public as to the subject of the dollar coin, and Susan B. Anthony had received the most support.
Two drawings created by Gasparro as proposed designs for the Susan B. Anthony dollar obverse
Gasparro began work on his Susan B. Anthony design in June 1978, before the legislation was authorized by Congress. He enlisted the help of a friend in conducting research on Anthony, which he felt was necessary before creating the design. He referenced approximately six different images while creating the portrait of Anthony, but it was based largely on just two. Gasparro created several different designs before receiving final approval. One of his portraits, depicting Anthony at age 28, was shown to Anthony's great-niece, Susan B. Anthony III, who rejected it on the grounds that it unnecessarily "prettified" her great-aunt, and she criticized another design depicting Anthony at age 84, which she believed made her appear too old. Gasparro made several alterations with the intent to depict her at age 50, at the peak of her influence as a social reformer, but no photographs of Anthony during that period are known to exist. He eventually received approval after modification, later stating his belief that he had accurately portrayed Anthony.
Initially, Gasparro expected that Congress would retain his soaring eagle reverse design to accompany the Susan B. Anthony obverse. However, a late amendment introduced by Utah Senator Jake Garn altered the legislation to maintain the Apollo 11 design in use on the Eisenhower dollar reverse.
The bill was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 10, 1978, and production of Eisenhower dollars ceased during that year. After he signed the bill into law, Carter issued a statement, saying in part that he was confident that "this act—and the new dollar—will substantially improve our coinage system as well as cutting Government coin production costs". He went on to declare his approval of the decision to depict Anthony on the coins:
I am particularly pleased that the new dollar coin will—for the first time in history—bear the image of a great American woman. The life of Susan B. Anthony exemplifies the ideals for which our country stands. The 'Anthony dollar' will symbolize for all American women the achievement of their unalienable right to vote. It will be a constant reminder of the continuing struggle for the equality of all Americans.
Gasparro regarded the Anthony design as the most important of his career. Remarking on the public perception of the coin, Gasparro related that "it's become part of a social movement. This new dollar's more than a coin; it's an issue." The decision to use a portrait of Susan B. Anthony in place of the allegorical Liberty was met with criticism by most numismatists, who believed that the Liberty design had far greater artistic merit. Art critic and numismatist Cornelius Vermeule was highly critical of the obverse design replacement, as well as the decision to continue use of the Apollo 11 design. Vermeule noted that although Eisenhower's administration established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Anthony had no connection to the Moon landing or the U.S. space program. Commenting on the obverse and reverse pairing, he stated his belief that it was "a hasty marriage and a bad one". Although he believed that Gasparro's Anthony design was well executed, sculptor Robert Weinman criticized the decision to depict Anthony. Concerned about the possibility of other groups seeking representation on the coinage in response to its passage, Weinman characterized the Susan B. Anthony dollar legislation as a "billboard or campaign button approach to a national coin".
The first Susan B. Anthony dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint on December 13, 1978. First strikes at the Denver and San Francisco Mints followed on January 9, 1979 and January 29, respectively. Mint officials feared that the coins would be hoarded upon release, so they ordered the creation of a stockpile consisting of 500 million coins prior to the release date in July 1979. The dollars all bore a mint mark denoting their place of origin: 'P' for the Philadelphia Mint, 'D' for the Denver Mint and 'S' for the San Francisco Mint. The Anthony dollar was the first coin to bear a 'P' mint mark since the Jefferson nickel issued during World War II; other coins struck there were left without a mintmark to note their place of origin. In 1980, the 'P' mint mark was added to all other circulating coins, except the cent, struck in Philadelphia.
The Treasury Department, in cooperation with the Federal Reserve, undertook a $655,000 marketing campaign to educate bank employees and members of the public about the new coin, and the vending industry engaged in a $100 million effort to retrofit machines to accept the coins.
Despite the marketing attempts, the coin received an overwhelmingly negative reception from the public. Less than two millimeters in diameter larger than the quarter and struck in the same copper-nickel composition, the Susan B. Anthony dollar was widely confused for that denomination in transactions. Mint Director Hackel noted the difference in weight and design between the two coins and expressed her belief that the dollar would eventually find favor with the public, suggesting that the coin would become "customary to the American people in time". In the months following its release, complaints mounted and public transportation and many establishments throughout the country began refusing to accept them in payment. On July 13, 1979, California Representative Jerry Lewis introduced a bill to the House of Representatives with the intent to increase the size of the coin to aid identification. Discussing the bill, which was never passed, Lewis remarked that the Anthony dollar had come to be known derisively as the "Carter quarter", due to its size and association with the President.
In total, 757,813,744 dollar coins dated 1979 were struck for circulation at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints. Demand remained low through 1980, and the circulation strikes for that year totaled 89,660,708. Due to its persistent unpopularity, production of Anthony dollars for circulation was suspended, and 9,742,000 1981 dollars were struck across all three Mints exclusively for sale to collectors; this mintage marked the end of production. At the close of production, the Treasury encountered a dilemma: the Mint struck a large number of dollars in anticipation of great public demand, resulting in a surplus of 520,000,000 coins in 1981. Melting the coins was impractical; the cost of manufacture was approximately 2 cents, and the 98 cents earned from seignorage was applied to the national debt. Had the coins been melted, their seignorage would have been added to the debt. Accordingly, the coins were placed in government storage, to be dispensed as needed.
The coin's design did have repercussions north of the border; when Canada introduced its new one-dollar coin in 1987, its dimensions were made similar so that vending machine specifications could be common between the two nations.
When the Baltimore, Maryland Metro Subway opened in 1984, it used the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin as tokens with which to buy tickets. It became the largest single user of Susan B. Anthony dollar coins in its history.
Despite their unpopularity in transactions, Anthony dollars began to see heavy use in over 9,000 stamp-dispensing machines situated in United States Postal Service buildings across the country beginning in the early 1990s. Additionally, the coins finally began to be used regularly with many mass-transit systems and vending-machine operations. Various propositions were discussed in Congress since the last dollars were produced in 1981, but no action was taken to issue a new coin until the Treasury's stores of Anthony dollars became depleted by the mid 1990s. In February 1996, the vaults totaled approximately 229,500,000 coins, but that number was reduced to approximately 133,000,000 by the end of 1997. Faced with the necessity of striking more Susan B. Anthony dollars to fill the demand, the Treasury supported legislation authorizing a new dollar coin that would not be confused with the quarter. Legislation authorizing a dollar coin in a gold-colored composition and with a plain edge was introduced to the House and Senate in 1997, where it eventually received approval with a provision calling for it to depict Native American guide Sacagawea. On December 1, 1997, President Bill Clinton signed the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act into law. The Act, which authorized the creation of the 50 State Quarters program, included a section entitled "United States $1 Coin Act of 1997". That section officially authorized what became the Sacagawea dollar.
Following passage of the act, a series of test strikes depicting Martha Washington were carried out to test various gold-colored alloys. Although the act provided for creation of the new coin, it also allowed for resumption of striking the Anthony design as a stop-gap measure until production began on the gold-colored dollar. Nearing depletion of Treasury stockpiles, on May 20, 1999, the U.S. Mint announced that production of the Susan B. Anthony dollar would resume. In total, 41,368,000 Anthony dollars dated 1999 were struck for circulation at the Philadelphia and Denver mints. Proof strikes were carried out at the Philadelphia mint; no 1999 dollars were struck at the San Francisco mint. The Anthony design was officially retired in 2000, when the new Sacagawea dollar entered production.
As few Susan B. Anthony dollars circulated, many remain available in uncirculated condition and are worth little above face value. However, some date and mint mark varieties are relatively valuable. The 1981 coins, having been issued only to collectors, are valued above the other circulation strikes in the series. In addition, a well-known variety of the 1979 circulation strikes on which the date appears nearer to the rim commands a higher price than the regular issue.
All dates of the dollar also exist in proof finish. The 1999 coins were sold as standalone proof strikes, rather than as part of a larger proof set, as the 1979, 1980 and 1981 issues were offered. The 1999 proof was minted exclusively at the Philadelphia Mint, and bears a 'P' mint mark, while all other proof Anthony dollars were minted at San Francisco and bear the 'S' of that Mint. Some 1979 and 1981 proofs bear a mint mark which was applied to the coinage dies with a different punch, causing them to have a more legible appearance. They are considered scarce and are valued considerably higher than normal proofs of the series.
- ^Gasparro's alternative design depicted a less predatory eagle, but after details were leaked to Congress, the bird was mandated to appear on the coin as it was depicted on the Apollo 11 insignia.
- ^Although paper notes are less costly to print, a dollar coin is considerably more durable and requires less frequent replacement.
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Susan B. Anthony One Dollar Coin Values and Prices
The United States Mint issued Susan B. Anthony one dollar coins from 1979 through 1981 and then again in 1999. Although you do not find them in circulation very often, they are quite common and inexpensive. However, there are a few coins that are worth more than your common Susan B. Anthony one dollar coin. Armed with the right information you can discover if you have one of these valuable coins.
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History of the Susan B. Anthony Dollar
The United States Mint introduced the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979. They had high hopes that this new smaller dollar coin would circulate well in the United States. The Treasury Department hoped that they would be able to eliminate the one dollar paper currency and save millions of dollars per year in manufacturing costs.
This coin honors a pioneer in the woman's rights movement. On October 10, 1978, legislation provided for the issuance of the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Frank Gasparro, designed both the obverse and the reverse. His initials are located on the obverse near the lower right side of the portrait. This coin marks the first time that a portrait of a real woman (as opposed to an allegorical figure of Lady Liberty) appeared on a United States circulating coin.
However, people easily confused the new one dollar coin with a quarter and therefore it was rejected by the public. Demand dropped, and production ceased in 1981. Due to a request from the United States Postal Service, the mint produced another run of these one dollar coins in 1999. In the following year, the mint introduced the new "Golden Dollar" with Sacajawea on the obverse.
Most coin collectors do not collect Susan B. Anthony dollars, but they are starting to gain in popularity. Since the mint only produced the coin for four years, you can easily complete a collection with a little help from your favorite coin dealer. Given the relatively low price and value of these coins, there is also a ready market for them when it comes time to sell your coins. If you are selling your Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, you can get the most money for them if you sort them and organize them so a coin dealer can quickly see what you have.
Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties
The following Susan B. Anthony Dollars, in any condition, are worth considerably more than common SBA dollars. You can recognize these coins using The Guide to SBA Dollar Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties.
- 1979-P Wide Rim Variety
- 1979-S Proof Type 2 (clear "S" mintmark)
- 1981-S Proof Type 2 (flat "S" mintmark)
Condition or Grade
If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin. If the coin is extremely worn, it will be worth no greater than its face value.
If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin. Remember, an uncirculated coin can still have some nicks and scrapes on it due to its handling during the production process. However, these should be minimal and not due to the coin being used in circulation.
The mint produced Susan B. Anthony dollars at three different mints: Philadelphia (P), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S). As illustrated in the photo in the link below, the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, in the lower left-hand area, just above the shoulder of Susan B Anthony.
Susan B. Anthony Dollars Average Prices and Values
The buy price is what you can expect to pay to a coin dealer when you purchase the coin. Sell value is what you can expect to receive from a coin dealer if you sell the coin. The values listed here are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from an individual coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and some other factors that determine its worth. Since most collectors also collect the Proof version of these coins, these values and prices are included as well.
|Date & Mint||Circ. Buy||Circ. Sell||Unc. Buy||Unc. Sell|
|1979-P Wide Rim||$10.00||$6.00||$30.00||$22.00|
|1979-S Type 1 Proof||-||-||$8.00||$6.30|
|1979-S Type 2 Proof *||-||-||$69.00||$52.00|
|1981-S Type 1 Proof||-||-||$7.00||$5.00|
|1981-S Type 2 Proof *||-||-||$200.00||$175.00|
Total Coins: 11
With Proof and
Total Coins: 18
Total Coins: 4
F.V. = Face Value
"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.
Coin 1979 dollar
About Susan B. Anthony Dollars (1979-1999)
In 1979, the United States government undertook what many may call a socio-numismatic experiment. Authorized by a 1978 bill signed by President Jimmy Carter, the United States Mint began production of the nation?s first small-size dollar coin. Making this first even more historic was the fact that the coin would be the first US coin to place the figure of a non-mythical woman on the obverse. That woman, Susan B. Anthony, was a champion for women?s rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and seemed a fitting design subject in an era of equal rights.
The first Susan B. Anthony dollars were released in July 1979 with much fanfare, but the coin soon proved a massive flop. Why? The coin, measuring 26.5 millimeters in diameter and silvery in color too closely approximated the appearance of the Washington quarter, and thus many people confused the denominations, often losing 75 cents (or more) in transactions. Making matters harder, too, was the reluctance of Americans to stop using the dollar bill (which was simultaneously in production with the Anthony dollar) in lieu of adopting the smaller dollar coin.
Mintages shrank in 1980 and in 1981, the Susan B. Anthony dollar was struck only for uncirculated sets and proof sets. Production resumed in 1999 to fill a shortage of dollar coins, which by the late 1990s were increasingly used in vending machines and in the mass transit industry.
While the Susan B. Anthony dollar was a very short-lived series, remarkably there were a few scarce issues and varieties. These include the 1979-P Near Date (or ?Wide Rim?) variety, the 1979-S Type II proof, and 1981-S Type II proof.
Susan B. Anthony Dollar
This coin featuring Susan B. Anthony was first issued by the United States Mint in 1979 and it replaced the Eisenhower Dollar. This was the first time that a woman appeared on a circulating coin. The coin was minted from 1979-1981 and again in 1999.
This coin was legislated on October 10, 1978 under the presidential term of Jimmy Carter. Two United States Mint Directors, Stella Hackel Sims and Donna Pope, served under President Carter’s tenure in office.
CharacteristicsThe obverse design features the likeness of Susan B. Anthony.
The reverse features an American eagle landing on the Moon, an adaptation of the Apollo 11 insignia.
- IN GOD WE TRUST
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- E PLURIBUS UNUM
- ONE DOLLAR
Mint and Mint Mark
Artist InformationContent last reviewed January 3, 2017 Sours: https://www.usmint.gov/coins/coin-medal-programs/circulating-coins/susan-b-anthony-dollar
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