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Susan B. Anthony Dollar 1979 - 1999
The Treasury Department commissioned from the Research Triangle Institute. Their
report, submitted in 1976, detailed the projected coinage needs of the United States
through the year 1990.
Coining of a smaller dollar to increase its public acceptance was recomended by the
report, also elimination of the cent and the half dollar denominations. The Eisenhower
dollar was seldom used outside of gambling casinos because of its size, the RTI
suggested that a smaller coin would be more likely to find utility in commerce.
TRI also suggested a cost savings because the dollar coin's lifespan was far greater
than paper money.
On October 10, 1978 Congress passed the Public Law 95-447 providing for a new one-dollar
coin different from all previous coins. With respect to alloy, the new dollar would
be similar, but the diameter of 38.1 mm used on earlier dollars was too large and
heavy to gain wide acceptance. Therefore, the new dollars would be coined with a
diameter of 26.5 mm.
Congress adopted the recomended size reduction, but, other important points raised
by the TRI report were overlooked. TRI suggested that the new coin have a distinctive
color and/or shape to avoid confusion with existing coin denominations (namely
the quarter). The unique color suggestion was quickly dropped: Congress and the
Mint wanted to keep the copper-nickel-clad composition being used by several other denominations.
A multi-sided coin was, however, serious considered. Thousands of blank pieces were
made with eleven flats around their circumference and given to vending machine manufacturers
for testing. Congress authorized a coin that was conventional in all respects (except
for size and a eleven-sided inner border on both sides).
Designer: Frank Gasparro
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 millimeters
Cladding: 75% copper 25% nickel
Mint Mark Location: Left side of the obverse, just above Anthony's shoulder.
Core: 100% copper
No "I View Grading"
Anthony Dollar Mintage
Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979 - 1999)
Susan B. Anthony, a long time advocate for womens right to vote,
replaced Eisenhower on the one dollar coin in 1979. A eagle landing on
the moon (similar to the Eisenhower dollar) was placed on the reverse
side. The round coin was much smaller than the Eisenhower dollar and
appeared to be multi-faceted because of its 11 sided rim.
Easily confused with the quarter dollar coin the coin was very unpopular.
However, for uncertain reasons, the coin enjoyed a resurgence in popularity
in the late 1990's before being replaced by the Sacagawea Dollar.
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