Most commonly remembered for its unpopularity within circulation, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar was minted during four years. The first three years of mintage were from 1979 to 1981, and following a lengthy gap in production, the final year of the series was 1999. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of the famous women’s suffragist and the reverse features an image of the eagle landing on the moon after the Apollo 11 mission insignia. The designer of the coin was Frank Gasparro.
In size, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar was between the quarter dollar and half dollar. This caused confusion within circulation when the coins were reportedly often confused with the quarter. After the short duration of the series, the US Mint would create an entirely new composition and color for the following Sacagawea Dollars, in an attempt to differentiate the coins better within circulation.
For the Susan B. Anthony Dollar series:
- The highest mintages occurred for the 1979 Susan B. Anthony Dollar when large scale production took place ahead of the circulation release, in anticipation of high demand.
- The lowest mintages occurred in 1981, when the coins were only struck for inclusion in US Mint Sets.
- The gap between the 1981 and 1999 coin releases, represents the longest for any series of circulating U.S. coins.
- Proof coins were minted for each year of the series. The first three years proofs were struck at San Francisco, and for the last year proofs were struck in Philadelphia.
- Noted varieties like the Type 1 and Type 2 1979 and 1981 Proof coins and 1979 narrow and wide rim add some complexity to the short lived series.
Susan B. Anthony Dollar Mintages