Talk:Susan B. Anthony dollar

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11 sided[edit]

No source that I can find explains why there are 11 (eleven) sides to the Susan B. Anthony coin's border (a hendecagon). It is my belief that this relates to the obverse of the coin, which depicts the seal of the Apollo 11 mission. Thank you for taking my call DOT com.

Straight Dope said it was 13-sided. That's pretty odd.

The Flipside[edit]

The sign on the back is not just an "Eagle over surface of Moon" but the Apollo 11 insignia.It is very important.

Iamsloth (talk) 07:57, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

And is the same as on the Eisenhower dollar back. 2600:8800:786:A300:C23F:D5FF:FEC4:D51D (talk) 01:13, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Why a separate page?[edit]

Is there a good reason for this to be separate from the main article at United States dollar coin? —chris.lawson (talk) 19:38, 24 Mar 2005 (UTC)

  • Each coin typically has a history behind it, so it's appropriate to have a brief overview on the main article and then more detail on a separate article. --Cholmes75 13:46, 12 August 2005 (UTC)

Number produced[edit]

I removed the sentence: Approximately 910 million Anthony dollars were produced during their four years of issue.

because according to the mint A total of 888,842,452 were produced for circulation. In 1979, we produced 757,813,744 Susan B. Anthony Dollars and in 1980 we produced 89,660,708. From 1981 through 1998, Susan B. Anthony coins were not produced for circulation. In 1999, the Mint produced an additional 41,368,000 Susan B. Anthony coins to meet the needs of commerce.

That doesn't make the 910 million necessarily wrong, but I think this is the better number.

Lorax 02:47, 10 December 2005 (UTC)


Is there a reason why this dollar coin is/was much smaller than dollar coins of the era? Considering it's failure, that might be an interesting point. (talk) 23:45, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

Because makers of coin/slot machines wanted a smaller size. As such, the machines could hold/store more coins. 2600:8800:786:A300:C23F:D5FF:FEC4:D51D (talk) 01:15, 16 November 2017 (UTC)


type 1 and type 2 what's the difference a little more information would be helpfull or some picturesurName (talk) 22:35, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

More unpopular than other dollar coins?[edit]

Twice Bobby131313 has removed the cited statement that the coin "was one of the most unpopular coins in American history." The reasoning was that the coin was "No more [unpopular] than any other modern dollar coin..." and that "the "sources" are both made for AdSense spun affiliate sites."

It's my contention that a wide array of sources agree the coin was significantly less popular than other dollar coins. Whatever AdSense feels about the issue makes no difference to me. Here are other sources which contend that the coin was extraordinarily unpopular, more than previous dollars:

These sources make me think that the Susan B was more unpopular even than the disliked Ike dollar. Which of these should we use in the lead paragraph to back up the word 'unpopular'? Binksternet (talk) 01:17, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Put it back if its so important to you, who cares. It sure as hell ain't worth arguing about. I haven't seen five total dollar coins in circulation in the last 30 years for crying out loud. As long as there's no precious metal in them and dollar bills are still being printed they are all equally unpopular, I don't care what anyone says, all you have to do is open your eyes. Bobby I'm Here, Are You There? 02:15, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm gonna put it back in with book cites this time, not website cites. I agree that other dollar coins have been unpopular, but they all had longer runs. Binksternet (talk) 17:05, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Longer runs are irrelevant to popularity. The law requires they make them, so they make them, and so they sit in storage or in a collection. The banks don't even keep them and they do not circulate. Doesn't mater what "type" they are, to the public they are just another pain in the ass coin they couldn't care less about when they can fold a piece of paper in thier pocket instead. Bobby I'm Here, Are You There? 01:34, 21 November 2010 (UTC)
Have a read.... Bobby I'm Here, Are You There? 01:26, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Yes, the Anthony IS the most unpopular U.S. dollar coin ever made. Just read the numismatic magazines and talk to coin dealers.

Though required by law to MAKE/mint coins, it is up to the Mint how long the coins are minted for. The Mint strives for a 25-year run before changing designs; however, events and the public can cause the Mint to shorten a "run."

Such was the case with the Franklin half dollar being replaced with the Kennedy half dollar, the Buffalo nickel being replaced by the Jefferson nickel (that's why BOTH nickels were minted in 1938), and the so-called "Mercury" head dime being replaced by the Roosevelt dime.

Just thought some facts should be made available. 2600:8800:786:A300:C23F:D5FF:FEC4:D51D (talk) 01:33, 16 November 2017 (UTC)


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Susan B. Anthony dollar design
A design by Chief Engraver of the United States Mint Frank Gasparro for the Susan B. Anthony dollar, a dollar coin minted from 1979 to 1981 and again in 1999. Proposed as a smaller replacement for the cumbersome Eisenhower dollar, the coin was initially intended to depict an allegorical representation of Liberty. However, legislative and popular demand led to the likeness of social reformer and women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony being used instead. In 1978, Gasparro began preparing a design, going through multiple versions depicting Anthony at various stages of her life before settling on an approximation of her at age 50. After the final design was approved, the dollar was first struck in 1978.Illustration: Frank Gasparro


Good morning, Nice to meet you. Thanks! For a meet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nyilwinpzy (talkcontribs) 01:28, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

The reason for the 1999 mintage[edit]

I was sure that at the time I either read or heard that the Anthony dollar was minted in 1999 to provide a transition/segue to the new Sacagawea dollar that came out in 2000.

I never heard anything about a shortage of dollar coins or a delay in the minting of the Sacagawea as to being a reason for the 1999 mintage of the Anthony dollar. I find it hard to believe that there was any shortage given that most of the Anthonys were "returned"/deposited to the banks and then shipped to the Federal Reserves. If there was a shortage, all the Reserve had to do was put the Anthonys back into circulation. At the time, the Reserve could dictate to banks and other financial institutions when, how, and what coins could be given back in change. For example, if you wanted to get change for a $5 bill and wanted singles, the Reserve stated that at least $3 of that change had to be Anthonys. This was told to me by several bank managers from different bank branches of different bank "chains." 2600:8800:786:A300:C23F:D5FF:FEC4:D51D (talk) 01:48, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

The coins were in circulation, but in a tightly closed loop. Those that found their way into the "wild" might see a single merchant, then go right back to the bank, as hardly any merchants would give them out in change, then from the banks back to the very limited number of concerns (like transit authorities) that made use of the coins. Then there's who-knows-how-many coins that dropped out because people just didn't bother to spend/deposit them. Eastcheap (talk) 06:03, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Vending Machine Lobby[edit]

Perhaps it would be more informative to say the National Automated Merchandsing Association rather than a vague term like the vending machine lobby.

The article states that 100 million was spent to convert vending machines to dollar coins. I never saw any vending machine that accepted dollar coins except stamp machines in the Post Office, and those didn't stick around very long. Las Vegas slot machines used them for a while, but those are hardly vending machines. What percentage of vending machines were converted and where were they put? What happened to them? Is they any evidence that the vending machine industry tried to use dollar coins besides that one claim in a coin hobbyist magazine? (talk) 14:08, 16 November 2017 (UTC)