Why is there so much different information about the mintage of the
Proof 1999-P Susan B. Anthony dollar?
A Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red
Book”) and the Handbook of United States Coins (the “Blue
Book”) provide no mintage figures. The Standard Catalog of World
Coins says it had a “maximum mintage” of 750,000. Coin
World’s annual Guide to U.S. Coins says the coin’s mintage is 749,090.
Ronald J. Junkas
Collectors should expect some minor variance with the mintages
reported for modern coin series like the Anthony dollar.
The different figures aren’t necessarily in error. Sales figures
released by the U.S. Mint are fluid, and depending on their schedules,
numismatic publications often receive their information from the Mint
at different times of the year.
Though they strive to provide the most up-to-date mintages, hobby
publications are at the mercy of the Mint for the information it
provides at any given time.
The Proof 1999-P Anthony dollar was a late addition to the Mint’s
offerings that year, being first made available for purchase Sept. 24,
1999. The coin was a surprise for collectors, who expected the Proof
Anthony dollars they ordered from the Mint to bear the S Mint mark of
the San Francisco Mint, as had been typical of Mint practices to that point.
In addition to being the last Anthony dollar strike, it was the
first Proof version of a circulating coin struck at the Philadelphia
Mint since 1964.
It is only the second Proof coin to bear a P Mint mark, the other
being the 1942-P Jefferson 5-cent coin composed of the wartime silver
composition of 56 percent copper, 35 percent silver and 9 percent manganese.
All other pre-1964 Proof coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint
exhibit no Mint mark.
In the Aug. 11, 2003, issue of Coin World, nearly four
years after the coins were first offered, Paul Gilkes reported that
the Mint was still offering for sale both the Proof 1999-P Anthony
dollar and the Uncirculated 1999-P and 1999-D Anthony dollars as a
Coin World first listed the 749,090 mintage for the Proof
1999-P Anthony dollar in its 2005 edition of Coin World’s Guide to
U.S. Coins. The mintage listed is in harmony with the 750,000
maximum mintage reported in The Standard Catalog of World Coins.
As for the omission of the mintage for the Proof 1999-P dollar in
the Red Book and Blue Book, it is recommended that Mr. Junkas contact
the publisher of those works directly for clarification.
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