Susan B. Anthony Dollar Blanks, Planchets & Waffled Coins

 


SBA DOLLAR BLANK

 


SBA DOLLAR PLANCHET

Blanks have a flat, sharp edge. They are just as
they were punched from the strip. Blanks are
generally refered to as "type 1".

 

Planchets, generally refered to as "type 2", have
been run through an upset mill. Note the raised,
rounded rim. This is done to help form the rim
on the struck coin and extend the life of the coin.

 


Here's an interesting footnote on Anthony Dollar planchets. Business strike planchets for the Kennedy Half Dollar (1971-present) and Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-1981, 1999) are made up of a copper-nickel clad composition. They each have outer layers of 75% copper & 25% nickel with an inner core of pure copper. However, not all is equal. On the Kennedy Half Dollar, the outer clad layers make up one-third of the planchet's thickness, with the copper core making up the other two-thirds, but on the Anthony Dollar the outer layers make up one-half of the planchet's thickness with the copper core making up the other half. This was done to make it impossible to grind down a Kennedy Half Dollar to the size of an Anthony Dollar for use in vending machines. If this were tried, the electrical characteristics of the ground down Kennedy Half Dollar would then be different than those of an Anthony Dollar. The slug rejectors in vending machines would be able to differentiate between the two, thereby rejecting the ground down Kennedy Half.


 

WAFFLED ANTHONY DOLLARS


1999-D WAFFLED
ANTHONY DOLLAR - OBVERSE




1999-D WAFFLED
ANTHONY DOLLAR - REVERSE


Before selling defective coins unfit for circulation as scrap metal, the U. S. Mint runs the defective pieces through a cancelling machine. The cancelling machine gives the coins a distinctive "waffle" pattern, hence the nickname "waffled coins". This cancellation procedure renders the pieces unusable in commerce. However, since they were cancelled inside the Mint's facilities, they have become highly collectible.


1999-P WAFFLED ANTHONY
DOLLAR CERTIFIED BY
NGC


CLOSE-UP OF A 1999-P WAFFLED ANTHONY DOLLAR.
THE DATE AND MINT MARK ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE


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