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This web site is a comprehensive study of United States small size dollar coins that has been literally years in the making. It is a cumulation of information and collectables gathered over the past three plus decades. Besides the coins themselves, there are numerous items that help tell this fascinating story, many of them very collectable. Some of these items include autographs of the many people involved (including Susan B. Anthony), patterns and prototypes, documents, biographies of those involved, plus much, much, more. Edwin Johnston, Past-President of Greater Houston Coin Club, summarized this site fittingly when he said "The smalldollars.com website is a great place to recommend for a newbie collector who asks: 'What should I collect?'. It's very comprehensive in a very focused area that is at the same time, wide-ranging." (2/20/11)




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THIS MONTH IN SMALL DOLLAR HISTORY

November 9, 2006: Production of the George
Washington Presidential Dollar begins in Philadelphia.

November 18, 1999: Production of the Sacagawea
Dollar begins at the Philadelphia Mint with
"First Strike
Ceremonies".
November 13, 2008: The Martin Van Buren
Presidential Dollars are officially released in Kinderhook, NY.

November 18, 2010: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Dollars are officially released. The official launch ceremony
is held in Washington, DC the next day.

November 15, 2007: The James Madison Presidential
Dollars are officially released in Montpelier, VA.
November 19, 2009:The Zachary Taylor Presidential
Dollars are officially released in Louisville KY.
November 17, 2011: The James A. Garfield Presidential
Dollars are officially released in Mentor, OH
November 28, 2006: Production of the George
Washington Presidential Dollar begins in Denver.



The Move From Large Size Dollars To Small Sized Dollars - From Concept To Reality

- A Brief History Of The United States Small Dollar -

The Dollar Coin has been the main staple of the United States' monetary system since it was authorized by Congress on April 2, 1792 and first struck in 1794. Even though it was large in size (38.1 to 40 mm), it was a popular denomination and circulated well due to its buying power. The "silver dollar" was discontinued in 1935. By the mid to late 1960's, the price of silver rose to the point that "silver dollars" no longer circulated. In 1971, due to the needs of gambling casinos for a dollar coin, and the public's desire to honor the first landing on the moon, the dollar coin was again struck, i.e. the Eisenhower Dollar. The coins failed to circulate widely, primarily due to their large size and the acceptance and convenience of the paper dollar.


SIDE-BY-SIDE SIZE COMPARISON OF AN EISENHOWER
DOLLAR (38.1 mm) AND A SUSAN B. ANTHONY DOLLAR (26.5 mm)
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT EZERMAN

In the mid 1970's, attention turned to a smaller size dollar coin, culminating in the Susan B. Anthony Dollar in 1979. Miss Anthony was chosen to honor her life long fight for women's suffrage. From day one the Anthony Dollar was rejected and ridiculed. The portrait was considered ugly and the coins were not easily distinguished from the quarter dollar. Besides being the same color, there was less than nine-hundredths of an inch difference in the diameters of the Anthony Dollar and the quarter dollar. They were given nicknames such as "Agony Dollars", "Carter Quarters", "Susan B. Edsel", and "JC Pennies" (Jimmy Carter was in the White House at the time). They were discontinued at that time after only being struck for circulation for two years, 1979 and 1980. The 1981 Anthony Dollars were struck for mint sets only. Curiously, this was not the first time this criticism was accorded a United States coin. In 1875 a Twenty-Cent piece was struck. Besides having virtually the same design as the quarter dollar, it was a mere eight-hundredths of an inch smaller. The Twenty-Cent piece ceased being struck for circulation in 1876 after only two years production. Here's "Proof" that the Mint also had trouble distinguishing an Anthony Dollar from a Quarter.

In the early 1990's, discussion of striking a new small size dollar coin was begun. This time government officials were armed with the knowledge of the mistakes of the Anthony Dollar. Discussions centered on striking a new small size dollar coin that would be golden in color and have a distinctive edge so that it could be easily distinguished from the quarter dollar. The striking of a new small size dollar at that time was not to be. Besides the queasiness of the mint to venture into another failed dollar coin, there was one other major problem. That is, more than a decade after the Anthony Dollar was discontinued, there were still millions of them in Federal Reserve vaults.

By the late 1990's the supply of Anthony Dollars was finally dwindling down. After congressional and public hearings, it was decided that a new small size dollar coin with a plain edge and golden in color would be struck in 2000. The obverse would have the likeness of Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian girl that helped guide Lewis and Clark through the northwest on their exploratory expedition of the Louisiana Purchase. In the mean time, the Anthony Dollar supply was decreasing so quickly that the mint struck 1999 dated Anthony Dollars to fill the need for a dollar coin until the Sacagawea Dollar could be struck and placed into circulation. The Sacagawea Dollar made its debut early in 2000 to the praise and acceptance of both collectors and the general public. However, after the honeymoon period was over, it began to fall out of favor. Just like its predecessor, the Anthony Dollar, it too was struck for circulation for only two years. It remains to be struck for sale to collectors in mint sets, rolls, and bags.

In 2007, the United States began honoring our Nation’s Presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins featuring their images in the order that they served. The United States Mint will issue four Presidential $1 coins per year, and each will have a reverse design featuring the Statue of Liberty. The composition of the new Presidential $1 Coins will be identical to that of the Sacagawea Dollar. Living Presidents are excluded from the series, however they may be added only if they have been deceased for two years prior to their coins release. The "Presidential Dollar Coin Act of 2005" had stipulated that the mint would continue issuing the Sacagawea Dollar in quantities no less than one-third of the years total dollar mintage. This stipulation was set to begin with the 2007 Sacagawea Dollar, however, the "Native American Dollar Coin Act of 2007" eliminated this requirement.

The "Native American Dollar Coin Act of 2007" was signed into law on September 20, 2007 by President George Bush. It superseded the Presidential Dollar Coin Act of 2005's requirement that one Sacagawea Dollar be struck for every three Presidential Dollars struck. Instead, it required that beginning in 2009, one Native American Dollar be struck for every five Presidential Dollars struck. It also states that "the design on the reverse shall bear images celebrating the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the development of the United States and the history of the United States". The reverse of the Native American $1 Coin will feature a new design each year. In addition, the date, mint mark, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and IN GOD WE TRUST were moved to the edge.

The year 2009 also saw some changes made to the Presidential Dollar design. IN GOD WE TRUST was moved from the edge of the coin to the obverse, and the edge had 13 stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, added to it.



RECENT ADDITIONS AND UPDATES

United States Mint Official American Presidency
One Dollar Coin Cover Series (9/12/14)
Everything else you wanted to know about the
Native American Dollar, but didn't know where to look
(1/3/14)
"A 1982 SBA Dollar Canvas Mint Bag?" (7/13/14)
Promoting The Sacagawea Dollar

Everything you want to know about the Presidential
Dollars, but don't know where to look (1/3/14)
Other Native American Dollar Collectibles
and Related Items
(10/14/13)

 



Susan B. Anthony Dollar
1979-1981, 1999

 

  Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Act of 1978
INCLUDES PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER'S SIGNING STATEMENT

A SBA Dollar Replacement??

December 13, 1978 Press Release
First Production Strike oF Susan B. Anthony Dollar
Coin Announced By Mint Director Stella B. Hackel

A 1982 SBA Dollar Canvas Mint Bag?

Gould, Inc. Patterns

Anthony Dollar Die Varieties
1979 WIDE/NARROW BORDER; 1979 and 1981 PROOF MINT MARK VARIETIES

Magnimat - A Proposed Planchet

Dykum Blue Anthony Dollars
PRELUDE TO THE GOLDEN DOLLAR

Gasparro's Liberty Head Design

Brief Biography of Susan B. Anthony

NOW First Day Covers

Brief Biography of Frank Gasparro

Vending Machine Test Pieces

Anthony Dollar Autographed Collectibles

The SBA Dollar Model

Other Anthony Dollar Collectibles

SBA Dollar Blanks, Planchets & Waffled Coins

Collecting Full Talon Susan B. Anthony Dollars

First Day of Issue SBA Dollars

 

Anthony Dollar Counterfeits Do Exist

Promoting The Anthony Dollar

Everything else you wanted to know about the
Anthony Dollar, but didn't know where to look

 



IMPORTANT SBA DOLLAR OFF-SITE LINKS

Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Act of 1978: Hearing Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Read the official government transcript online or download a PDF file of the entire transcript.
DIGITIZED BY GOOGLE
The Ike Group
Great web site on Susan B. Anthony's "Big Brother" - the Eisenhower Dollar
SBA Dollar Struck on Experimental Planchet
MIKEBYERS.COM
 


Sacagawea Dollar
2000 - 2008

 

The Sherritt Mint's Columbus Prototype

2000-P Sacagawea Dollar/Quarter Dollar Mules

Olin Brass Minuteman Patterns

Sacagawea Dollar VIP Strikes

Schuler Pressen Prototype
PRODUCED TO DEMONSTRATE COINAGE FOR THE BLIND

Denver Mint Employee Appreciation
Sacagawea Dollar

Corelay® - A Proposed Planchet

Sacagawea Dollar 1st Day of Issue Cover

The Gallery Mint's Concept Dollars

Goodacre "Presentation" Sacagawea Dollars

Daniel Carr's Proposed Dollar
Designs and Prototypes

The Experimental Rinse Sacagawea Dollars

"Dollar Coin Act of 1997" - Signed

2000-D Sacagawea Dollar from the
Millennium Coin & Currency Sets

"A Distinctive Edge"

Terra Cotta & Bronze Casts of Goodacre's
Original Sacagawea Dollar Design

Other Suggested Sacagawea Dollar Designs

Promoting The Sacagawea Dollar

Martha Washington Trial Pieces

Brief Biography of Sacagawea

New Golden Dollar Coin Design Unveiled
in White House Ceremony - May 4, 1999

Biographies of the Designers and Model
of the Sacagawea Dollar

 

2000-W Gold Proof Sacagawea Dollar

Other Sacagawea Dollar Collectibles
and Related Items

The Sacagawea "Cheerios Dollars"
"Pattern Reverse" (Reverse of 1999) & "Non-Pattern Reverse" (Reverse of 2000)
  Sacagawea Dollar Counterfeits Do Exist

Sacagawea Dollar Blanks, Planchets, Planchet Strips,
& Waffled Coins

Everything else you wanted to know about the
Sacagawea Dollar, but didn't know where to look

 


IMPORTANT SACAGAWEA DOLLAR OFF-SITE LINKS

2000-P "Mule" Sacagawea Dollar
Reverse w/ States Quarter Obverse
FREDWEINBERG.COM
Thomas D. Rogers Sr., Inc.
WWW.TDROGERS.COM (DEAD LINK)
Martha Washington Trial Pieces
USPATTERNS.COM
Glenna Goodacre, Ltd.
WWW.GLENNAGOODACRE.COM
2000-W Gold Sacagawea Dollar
USPATTERNS.COM
Randy'L Teton - Ms. Teton seems to no longer have a web site.
However, if you'll do an internet search, you'll find many informational
sites on Ms. Teton.
Sacagawea Dollar TV Ad
WWW.YOUTUBE.COM
 

 

 

Native American Dollar
2009 - Present

 

 

  Promoting The Native American Dollar

 

Everything else you wanted to know about the
Native American Dollar, but didn't know where to look

Other Native American Dollar Collectibles
and Related Items
   

 


 

Presidential Dollar
2007 - Present

 

Presidential Dollar Coin Release Schedule

Philadelphia Mint Employee "Team Award"

About The Presidential Dollar Edge Lettering

Other Presidential Dollar Collectibles

Presidential Dollar Blanks, Planchets, Planchet Strips
& Waffled Coins

Promoting The Presidential Dollar

Presidential Dollar Launch Ceremonies

A Brief Word About First Spouse Gold Coins
and Bronze Medals

Presidential Dollar First Day of Issue

Everything you want to know about the Presidential
Dollars, but don't know where to look

United States Mint Official American Presidency
One Dollar Coin Cover Series
   

 


Congressional Small Size Dollar Legislation
GREAT PAGE IF YOU'RE DOING RESEARCH



Anthony Dollar Reverse

 


Washington Dollar Reverse

 


Sacagawea Dollar Reverse


 





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