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15 Feb 2018

Today is her birthday

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Today is the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, born on this date in 1820.
She appeared on a short-lived dollar coin that was an unsuccessful attempt to get a dollar coin into everyday use. It was smaller than the previous dollar coins, close to the size of a quarter. This was one of its flaws, as many were mistaken for quarters.
Many considered the coin to be unattractive. A Liberty head design had been turned down in favor of this design. The reverse was borrowed from tis predecessor, the Ike dollar.
The SBA dollar may be one of the most unpopular coins issued by the US Mint. The coins were not used. They weren't favored by collectors. They were minted from 1979-81 and again in 1999. There are a few varieties, and many proof specimens available.
There are collectors who like this coin and collect a date and mintmark set, short as it is. This coin, while not #1 on collectors lists, is still a part of US coin history.
Yes, I use them sometimes. SBA dollars can be found in rolls.

Comments

Prospector

Level 4

I think the Susan B. Anthony dollar is a beautiful coin. If it were a little larger in diameter it probably would have caught on.

Kepi

Level 6

I never really cared for this coin myself...but Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony!

Longstrider

Level 6

A lot of them are in Ecuador. They love our dollar coins there. Thanks!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

the birthdays of the presidents are publicized greatly this month but not SBA's thanks for mentioning it and Happy Birthday

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

I got one in change last weekend for the first time in a long time. It was at a coins show so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.

Mike

Level 7

I liked the coin. Not as a dollar but maybe as a quarter. I think she would of done better as that. Or make her a half dollar. We could use another. Thanks for info why she failed and the blog. Happy Birthday!

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