What may be some of the most underwhelming coins ever minted for
circulation in the United States, the Anthony dollar series offers any
roll searcher the chance to add a valuable coin to a collection.
When discovered among other modern dollar coins from a local bank,
1979-P Anthony dollars in particular should be examined to identify a
very easily distinguishable design feature: the coin’s obverse rim!
In 1979, the Philadelphia Mint version of Anthony dollars featured
a rim that was not as robust as the modified rim used on the coins
issued much later in that year and then as a part of the design for
subsequently dated issues of these coins.
So, coins struck earlier in 1979 by the Philadelphia Mint and with
the P mint mark are the common version known as the “Narrow Rim” or
“Far Date” variant or subtype.
On this variant, the border around the rim is thinner and the
coin’s date appears to be farther from the rim. This is not the scarce variant.
The later struck and difficult to find variant of 1979-P Anthony
dollar is known as the “Wide Rim” or “Near Date” coin. These coins
feature a modified wider rim and a date that appears to be closer to
the rim. This is the scarce version!
Just remember that the 1979-P Anthony dollar with the date closer
to the rim is the tough one to find. The images included in this
column should help you identify this variety with ease.
While searching through rolls of mixed, small dollar coins, I was
lucky enough to hit a nice pocket of Anthony dollars, or SBAs as they
are sometimes called.
Pieces found included all circulation issues with many coins dated
1979-P, 1979-D and 1979-S, a small number of coins dated 1980-P,
1980-D and 1980-S and even fewer coins dated 1999-P and 1999-D.
Anthony dollars dated 1981-P, 1981-D and 1981-S were issued in
Uncirculated Mint Sets only and none of these were found in the rolls
I searched. Of the 1979-P Anthony dollars that I found in the rolls,
one piece was the scarce 1979-P Wide Rim, Near Date version!
Bill O’Rourke is a collector who has spent the past several years
searching coin rolls in pursuit of his hobby.