Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coins: Good Collectibles That Can Only Get Better

susan-b-anthony-obverse.png The Susan B. Anthony dollar coin has all the hallmarks of becoming a highly sought after collectible.

It is often referred to as the Carter Quarter (the Carter administration promoted it with a vengeance, calling it “the dollar of the future“), as well as the Anthony Dollar, Susie B, SooBee and SBA.

“Calling it the Carter quarter made reference to the deterioration of the value of the dollar, plus it emphasized the fact that it was being confused with the quarter and that it was conceived on president Carter’s watch.”  – Philip Diehl (former director of the Mint who oversaw the coin’s launch)

With a short run and high numbers minted, Susan B. Anthony coins still show up in pocket change these days.

For the beginning coin collector, what better way to start a fun collection than with loose change that happens to have an interesting history?

 

About The Susan B Anthony Coin

The entire collection of Susan B. Anthony dollars consists of just 11 coins, minted for 3 short years from 1979 through 1981, then again in 1999 because of high demand created by transit and postal vending machines.

(The U.S. Treasury didn’t have the authority to mint the replacement Sacagawea dollar coin that was due out in 2000, so they were forced to make another run of Susan B. Anthony dollars to carry them through.)

The 1979 year coins were the largest production year for S.B.A.’s.  Since, they weren’t very well accepted, the 1980 run was smaller and the 1981 run was never put into circulation.  Instead, they were sold by the U.S. Mint in sets for coin collectors.  Because of their lack of popularity, many sets  from 1981were broken up and ended up in circulation after all.

See the full list of production runs by the U.S. Mints.

The Susie B. failed to catch on mainly because its size and color too closely matched the quarter — a problem that the gold-colored Sacagawea dollar coin hoped to correct.  Sadly, it too was a failure, even with its contrasting color.


Interesting Facts About The Susie B

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  • The original design was intended to be an 11-sided hendecagon, but since vending machines of the time could only handle round coins, the final SBA coin came out with an 11-sided design stamped around the perimeter of a round coin instead.
  • The Susan B. Anthony dollar is the last coin (as of 2007) to be minted with the familiar “S” mint mark for the San Francisco mint.
  • In the movie “Robocop”  a dollar coin referred to as the “Ronnie” was featured.  It depicted President Ronald Regan but otherwise was identical to the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.


More About Susan B. Anthony

Susan Brownell Anthony was a civil rights leader who spent 45 years traveling through the United States and Europe giving speeches to promote women’s rights and seeking the right to vote for all women.

She was born February 15, 1820, and her efforts in obtaining women’s right to vote were key in the decision to commemorate Susan B. Anthony on the dollar coin.

Check out detailed information about the designer of the coin, Susan’s biography, and many interesting facts about the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.


How Much Are Susan B. Anthony’s Worth?

susan-b-anthony-dollar-coin-reverse.png Heritage Auction Galleries currently values the Susan B. Anthony dollar coins at face value.  All the more reason to be watching for them in your change.  The value of SBA’s is sure to go up in the future… it’s only a matter of time!

Plus, since they’re still in circulation, the odds are quite high that you will come across these dollar coins in your pocket change.  Now that’s a fun (and easy) way to try and complete a collection of all 11 Susan B. Anthony coins!

 

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  • Morgan Silver dollar

    What are 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars worth these days?

    • Anonymous

      Morgan,

      The value, even for pre-1921s, does vary based on the specific date and mintmark. Generally speaking though, a well-worn common-date pre-1921 Morgan silver dollar has a value starting around $13 to $15.

      • Morgan Silver dollar

        Ok, thanks for the info.

    • CoinCollector

      Here is a site where you can look up coin values and get other commentary:

      http://www.cointrap.com

    • Connor

      This is an interesting question because I happen to have one, the price can range from $13 to $38 depending on grade and where it’s minted.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Connor, with the silver price currently pushing $27 an ounce, I’m seeing 1921s bidding for over $20 in well-circulated grades! The upper-end pieces though haven’t increased in price much, yet. Clearly, the price increase is due less to numismatic trends and more to bullion pressure.

  • Anonymous

    So the SBA dollar is still in circulation, is that correct. That is what I gather from your post and others’ comments. Everything I read said that the Secretary of Treasurer would revisit that decision in 2006 and 2007, but I could never find anything saying if he did make a decision or what had happened. Thanks for your help.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Juli –

      Essentially, yes — the SBA dollar is still in circulation, though they are no longer actually being made. So many hundreds of millions have been made and many coin collectors don’t really have much affection for keeping the coin, so they’re still used as money in many circles. The Sacagawea dollar (often called the ‘golden dollar’) was first made in 2000 but didn’t catch on with the public, so many sat in bank vaults.

      The major dollar coin news since 2007 has been the Presidential dollar coin series and the Native American dollar coin program. you can find out more about those programs here:

      Presidential dollar coins: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/03/presidential_dollar_coins.php

      Native American dollar coins: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/native_american_dollar_coin.php

  • JH

    I have 3 gold Susan B. Anthony Dollar coins, from the 2000 mint. What is the value of these? I received them from a friend as a gift, and I’ve kept them safe in mint condition.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, JH–

      Hmm… well it sounds like you have the Sacagawea dollar, as the Susan B. Anthony dollar was last minted in 1999 and is nickel colored. If yours are in mint (unworn) condition, they’re worth a very small premium over face value — about $1.10 to $1.20.

      These coins have a tendency to tone and darken… If yours are still bright and have few marks or spots (and have not been cleaned), they would likely bring you a slightly higher figure. Maybe $1.25 to $1.50.

      The coin collecting community is still warming to these coins. They may be worth more in the future.

      I say hang onto yours and keep them safe. Make sure they’re kept in a cool (not cold), dry place away from fumes.

  • Barbara

    I have a SBA 1921 with peace on the bottom (back) with the eagle was wondering how much it is worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Barbara –

      Your coin says ‘Peace’ on the bottom of the reverse (back)? You have a 1921 Peace dollar. This is actually one of the more expensive dates in the 1921 to 1935 Peace dollar series! The lowest value for your coin is around $85.

  • Dlucero

    I have a 1999 Susan B Anthony that is gold clored. My daughter Worked at a bank and found it in the middle of a new wraped roll of Sackie dollors. the coin apears to have been struck on Sackie metal. Is there any value for this coin

    • Anonymous

      Hi, D–

      I’ remember hearing about a few ‘transitional’ error Susan B. Anthony dollar coins struck on the Sacagawea dollar coin blank. However, I neither know nor can I find the value of this coin.

      I suspect it has substantial value and suggest getting your coin checked by a respectable third-party coin grading company (like PCGS, NGC, or ANACS) to see if it’s really an error Susan B. Anthony dollar and not just a gold-plated novelty coin.

      I found a bit of web info on the error Susan B. Anthony dollar for you: http://www.usgoldcoins.com/information/error_coins/1999_susan_b._anthony.html

      • Xalkion

        hey i have something like that, but its 1979, and i followed that link, and my coin is a darker gold color than that. do you have any idea on how i could find the price of it ? 

        • Anonymous

          Xalkion,

          If your piece is from 1979, it would be a darker gold color because it was plated  by somebody outside of the U.S. Mint. Such pieces don’t really have value as collector coins except for, perhaps, on the novelty market — though it’s value may be only slightly higher than its face value.

          • Xalkion

            alright, thanks a bunch ! and also, i have a 2000 nickle and on the back its missing the word ” five” in ” five cents” and it wasnt like scratched off or anything, it looks to be printed like that, do you know anything about it ? 

          • Anonymous

            Xalkion,

            I’m not aware of any particular error involving the 2000 nickel missing the word “five,” but it sounds like it might be the product of a filled die — grease or other debris may have gotten into that part of the stamp that impresses designs on blank coins. These types of pieces aren’t usually worth much, if anything, more than face value.

            If you’d like to post a photo on The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall, I’d be happy to take a look, though: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

  • Hunter

    I have twenty-five year 2000 gold susan b. Anthony coins. How much are they worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Hunter –

      Are we talking about the 2000 Sacagawea dollars? 2000 Sacagawea dollars are each worth $1.25 to $1.50 in typical mint state grade and face value if worn.

  • Scampdog96

    I have a 1979 Susan B. Anthony coin and I’m wondering how much it is worth.

    • Anonymous

      Scampdog,

      A 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar is worth only face value unless it’s a proof version (has mirror-like surface and frosted design) or is in very well-preserved uncirculated grades.

  • Scampdog96

    I have a 1979 Susan B. Anthony coin and I’m wondering how much it is worth.

  • Jrwoodsman

    I have a 1921 siler dollar (suan B anthony) not the peace coin and was curious as to the value of it.  The outside edge is a little off on the lower left of the coin (front).  There seems to be more”collar” showing on the upper right. The design of the outside edge or little dots as i call it seem to be bunched much closer together on the lower left. I do not know much about coins but hopefully someone can help.
    Thanks

  • Fritzola

    I’m exchanging mine at the bank while it’s still worth a quarter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.adams.18 Lawrence Adams

    Do you have heard any news about gold SBA dollar?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Yes, Lawrence; these are simply regular Susan B. Anthony dollars that have been gold plated by enterprising individuals. These are only worth face value plus whatever the bullion value of the gold is, which measures in the pennies in this case.