Below is the second of three posts from Steve Roach highlighting
recently sold Anthony dollars:
The Anthony dollar was problematic as soon as it was
issued. The small-sized dollar was easily mistaken for a quarter
dollar and it shared the copper-nickel clad composition (and reverse
design) of its predecessor, the Eisenhower dollar.
Frank Gasparro’s obverse design featuring Susan B. Anthony was
handsome, but certainly not pretty. The more than 500 million coins
struck between 1979 and 1981 were sufficient to meet demand for nearly
two decades, and a final run in 1999 to meet demand from the vending
and transportation industry concluded the series.
1981-S Anthony dollar, Mint State 66
Much like the Morgan dollar, which was revived for one year
only in 1921 after years of dormancy, the short-lived Anthony dollar
series ended in 1981 and was revived in 1999 for one year. The Anthony
dollar would be replaced by the golden Sacagawea dollar and, later, by
the Native American dollars that continue to be produced today.
Of the three U.S. Mints that struck dollars in 1981, Philadelphia
Mint examples are the most common with a mintage of 3,492,000.
In top grades the 1981-S Anthony dollar is a condition rarity, with
Professional Coin Grading Service noting 124 in MS-66, a single
example graded MS-66+ and only two coins in MS-67.
At a Jan. 10 GreatCollections auction, a 1981-S dollar in PCGS MS-66
sold for $309.10, which is an impressive price considering that
typical Mint State examples cost just a few dollars and PCGS MS-65
representatives regularly sell for less than $50.
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