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Value of Susan B Anthony Dollar

Updated on November 19, 2011

Value of Susan B Anthony Dollar

From a collector’s standpoint, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar has gained a reputation as the oddest and most sporadically minted coin ever released into circulation. Although this coin was only minted for four years, it was very popular with coin collectors and can almost be seen in every collection. If you're a beginner collector, than the Susan B Anthony Collection just might be for you, as these coins can easily be found in circulation at the bank and at parking meters across any city. It's an easy and fun collection. Covered in this article is a history of the Susan B. Anthony Dollar as well as metal composition and the value of Susan B Anthony Dollars.

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Value of Susan B Anthony Dollar. This 1979D in Mint State is worth around $3.
Value of Susan B Anthony Dollar. This 1979D in Mint State is worth around $3.
Eagle on the Moon. Susan B Anthony Dollar Reverse.
Eagle on the Moon. Susan B Anthony Dollar Reverse.

History of the Susan B Anthony Dollar:

  • Designed by the United State’s Mint Chief Engraver, Frank Gasparro, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar was first released for circulation in 1979. The obverse features a portrait of Susan B. Anthony, marking for the first time in United States Mintage that a woman appeared on a coin that wasn’t either a model or made up legend. Susan B. Anthony was honorably depicted on the dollar to tribute her work for Women’s Rights. The Reverse of the coin features the same Eagle on the Moon illustration as the Eisenhower Dollar.
  • From the years of 1979-1981, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar was minted at all three Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints. Proofs also were minted and sold through the San Francisco Mint during these years.
  • Massive public disproval of the Susan B. Anthony dollar led to the ceasing of mintage from 1982-1998. The reason that the Dollar never caught on with the public for circulation was that because of its size, it was oftentimes confused for a quarter.
  • In 1999, the US Mint saw the production of over 40 million Susan B. Anthony Dollars. These coins were only minted to meet the demands of Vending Machines. In 2000, the Mint replaced the Susan B. Anthony with the Sacagawea Dollar, thus effectively concluding this Dollar’s unique run.

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Composition and Melt Value:

  • Weight – 8.1 Grams
  • Metal Composition – 92% Copper, 8% Nickel
  • Melt Value – $.08

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Value of Susan B Anthony Dollar:

Unfortunately for coin collectors, there isn’t much value in circulated Susan B. Anthony Dollars. If you’re a Proof coin collector, you could have a bit more value if you’ve got one of the right varieties. Here are some typical values that can be observed for the Susan B. Anthony Dollar:

The values shown represent coins that are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. If you're unsure on how to tell the condition of your coin, its good to familarize yourself with the Coin Grading Scale.

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1999S Susan B Anthony Proof.1999S Susan B Anthony Proof. Photos Courtesy of Coinpage.com
1999S Susan B Anthony Proof.
1999S Susan B Anthony Proof.
1999S Susan B Anthony Proof. Photos Courtesy of Coinpage.com
1999S Susan B Anthony Proof. Photos Courtesy of Coinpage.com
  • 1979P – Narrow Rim. Valued at $2-3
  • 1979P – Wide Rim. Valued at $20-25
  • 1979D – Valued at $2-3
  • 1979S – Valued at $2-3
  • 1979S – Proof, Filled S. Valued at $12
  • 1979S – Proof, Clear S. Valued at $100
  • 1980P – Valued at $2-3
  • 1980D – Valued at $2-3
  • 1980S – Valued at $2-3
  • 1980S – Proof. Valued at $12
  • 1981P – Valued at $4-5
  • 1981D – Valued at $4-5
  • 1981S – Valued at $4-5
  • 1981S – Proof, Filled S. Valued at $11
  • 1981S – Proof, Clear S. Valued at $225
  • 1999P – Valued at $2-3
  • 1999D – Valued at $2-3
  • 1999P – Proof. Valued at $25

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So for the most part, the Susan B Anthony Dollar remains a very inexpensive collection to piece together. It can be a very good way to get kids interested in collecting coins because they are rarely ever used in circulation. Thank you for reading my article on the Value of Susan B Anthony Dollars. If you want to learn more about American coins, please browse through some of my other coin articles below.

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