The Susan B. Anthony Dollar
Facts & Figures, What Makes Up A Set, Anomalies, and More

The Design

Facts and Figures:

Obverse Design Susan B. Anthony
Reverse Design Apollo 11 Insignia, Eagle
Mintage years 1979-1981,1999
Mints Philadelphia (P), Denver (D), San Francisco (S); Mint mark located behind Ms. Anthony's right shoulder
Composition Cupro-Nickel Clad
Outer layers: 75% Cu, 25% Ni
Inner core: 100% pure copper
Overall Composition: 87.5% copper; 12.5 % nickel
Edge Reeded (133 reeds)
Weight 8.1 grams
Diameter 26.5mm (1.04")
Thickness 2.00mm
Obverse Designer Frank Gasparro; Initials "FG" located below Ms. Anthony's left shoulder
Reverse Designer:

Frank Gasparro

COMMENTS: The Susan B. Anthony Dollar Act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 10, 1978. Production began in Philadelphia on December 13, 1978, in Denver on January 9, 1979, and in San Francisco on February 2, 1979. The release date was July 2, 1979. The Anthony Dollar is the first circulating U.S. coin to feature a real woman. The "P" mint mark was used on a coin for only the second time in U.S. coinage history, the first time being on the War Nickels of 1942-1945. The 1999-P proof Anthony Dollar, along with the 1942-P 5, are the only two proof coins to bear a "P" mint mark. 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. The previous record was 17 years with the Morgan Dollar which was struck in 1904 and then not again until 1921.
NOTE: The Peace Dollar was struck in 1935 and then again in 1964 (29 years). However, the 1964 pieces were never issued and supposedly all were destroyed.


 

DID YOU KNOW?

Twenty-seven nations worldwide use the Dollar as their circulating currency.

Australia The Bahamas Barbados Belize Bermuda Brunei Canada Cayman Islands
Cook Islands The East Caribbean States Fiji Guyana Hong Kong Jamaica
Kiribati Liberia Namibia New Zealand Samoa Singapore Solomon Islands Suriname
Taiwan Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu United States of America Zimbabwe

 


Mintage Figures &
What Makes Up A Set of Susan B. Anthony Dollars

Below are the mintage figures for all Susan B. Anthony Dollars struck by the United States Mint. Also included in the list are the major varieties. What coins exactly make up a "complete" set is ALWAYS up to the individual collector. Some may collect one of every year and from every mint struck. Others will add major varieties, while some want every die variety known for the series no matter how minor. Some may simply collect just one of each year minted, yet others, such as myself, collect anything and everything related to the particular coin. The coins in the list below marked with an asterisk (*) are considered part of a conventional set of Susan B. Anthony Dollars.

Year/
Mintmark

Type

Mintage Total

Comments

*1979-P Narrow
Border Variety

Unc.

360,222,000
(Includes both
Narrow & Wide
Border Varieties)

Photo and more information

*1979-P Wide
Border Variety

Unc.

Unknown

Photo and more information

*1979-D

Unc.

288,015,744

 

*1979-S

Unc.

109,576,000

 

*1979-S
Type 1 Mintmark

Proof

3,677,175 (Includes
both Type 1 &
Type 2 varieties)

Photo and more information

*1979-S
Type 2 Mintmark

Proof

Mintage estimates
range from 425,000
to 517,144

Photo and more information

*1980-P

Unc.

27,610,000

 

*1980-D

Unc.

41,628,708

 

*1980-S

Unc.

20,422,000

 

*1980-S

Proof

3,554,806

 

*1981-P

Unc.

3,000,000

Released only in 1981 Mint Sets

*1981-D

Unc.

3,250,000

Released only in 1981 Mint Sets

*1981-S

Unc.

3,492,000

Released only in 1981 Mint Sets

*1981-S
Type 1 Mintmark

Proof

4,063,083 (Includes
both Type 1 &
Type 2 varieties)

Photo and more information

*1981-S
Type 2 Mintmark

Proof

Estimated
330,000

Photo and more information

*1999-P

Unc.

29,592,000

Mintage resumed after 18 years,
a record for U.S. coins

*1999-D

Unc.

11,776,000

 

*1999-P

Proof

749,090
(Maximum mintage had
been set at 750,000)

Only the 2nd proof coin in U.S. history
to bear a "P" mint mark. The other: 1942-P 5

 


 

Here Are Some Other Coins That Could Be Added
To A Susan B. Anthony Dollar Collection

Year/Mintmark

Type

Mintage Total

Comments

1979P,D,S

Unc.

N/A

First Day of Issue. Several private
firms created these first Day covers.

Entire Series

N/A

N/A

Error Coins. Error coins have become very popular over the past few years and are a GREAT addition to any set of coins. Some types of errors that are available with a little searching are off centers, clips, blanks, broadstrikes, etc. Error coins create a fun challenge and add tremendous interest to ANY collection.

SBA DOLLAR STRUCK ON A FRAGMENT

OBVERSE


REVERSE

No Date
(1982)

Proof

3,857,479

Medal placed in the 1982 Proof Sets in place of an Anthony Dollar
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Possibly
Entire
Series

Unc.
and
Proof

Unknown,
but
Unlimited

Anthony Dollar
Autographed Collectibles


***WARNING***
The market is flooded with various plated and colorized Anthony Dollars.
These pieces ARE NOT U.S. Mint products.
The plating and/or colorization was added after the coins left the U.S. Mint.


 

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