The Susan B. Anthony Dollar

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Why is Susan B. Anthony coin smaller than other silver dollars?

The Susan B. Anthony Dollar

Susan B. Anthony campaigned for the right for women to vote. In 1979, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar replaced the Eisenhower dollar. The head of Susan B. Anthony resides on the obverse and an eagle landing on the moon, borrowed from the Eisenhower Dollar, resides on the reverse. The Susan B. Anthony Dollar is round, but appears to be multi-faceted due to its 11-sided rim. The Susan B. Anthony Dollar is also smaller than the typical silver dollar, making it a piece easily confused with the quarter. The US Mint officials believed the smaller size would assist in the circulation of the coin. However, because of the confusion that the smaller sized Susan B. Anthony Dollar created, it was very unpopular during its release. However, during the late 1990's a sudden demand for this coin depleted the US Mint supply, so in 1999 it was reissued again.

   

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