Friday, August 12, 2005

Dollar Coins

Do you have a dollar and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Dollar coins are not rare to come across, vending machines are good for spitting out Susan B. Anthonys or Sacagaweas especially. I watched a C-Span report with Henrietta Holsman Fore the 37th Director of the United States Mint talking of the "failure" of the golden dollar and she defended it by pointing out that New York City was so desperate for dollar coins for subway vending machines that the mint had to send them rat feces covered coins that sat in old vaults since the 1980's.
So while not popular they do have a demand. From one of those subway machines I've found almost all circulating small dollars.

The picture above has 1979P,D,S & 1980P,D,S & 1999P & 2000P & 2001P.

I'm missing 1999D, 2000D & 2001D.

You may notice two 1979P dollars one is a narrow rim and the other wide rim. Basically wide rim has the rim nearly touching the date while narrow rim has the rim far from the date.

Here's the stats for circulating Susan B. Anthony dollars...
Year: 1979P Narrow Rim
Mintage: 360,222,000
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: MS-63 $2.00 (MS=Mint State)

Year: 1979P Wide Rim
Mintage: Unknown-included in above mintage
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: MS-63 $60.00

Year: 1979D
Mintage: 288,015,744
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: MS-63 $3.00

Year: 1979S
Mintage: 109,576,000
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: MS-63 $3.00

Year:______1980P_____1980D______1980S
Mintage: 27,610,000--41,628,708--20,422,000
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: MS-63 $3.00 (for each individual mint)

Year:______1999P_____1999D
Mintage: 29,592,000--11,776,000
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: MS-63 $3.00 (for each individual mint)


Here's the stats for circulating Sacagawea Dollars...
Year:______2000P_____2000D
Mintage: 767,140,000--518,916,000
Metal: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel
Value: MS-63 $3.00 (for each individual mint)

Year:______2001P_____2001D
Mintage: 62,468,000--70,939,500
Metal: 77% copper 12% zinc 7% manganese 4% nickel
Value: MS-63 $5.00 (for each individual mint)

Note that the metal content for the Sacagaweas dollars are for outer layers only that are bonded to an inner layer of pure copper. This is a more accurate metal content; 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, and 2% Nickel.

Other small dollar coins were issued but not released for circulation instead they were sold as collectors items or released in limited quantities. If you suspect you have one of these not listed just leave a comment/question and I'll do my best to figure it out. A note for the "Golden" dollar they don't stay golden for long and a real ugly example is not worth anything except face value.

6 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Joshua Ganger said...

You were so helpful in my post regarding the copper dime (no chance to weigh it yet) I thought I'd ask another one. Are any of the small dollars worth more than $1 in a circulated state?

Man said...

Are any of the small dollars worth more than $1 in a circulated state?

1979P Wide Rim can go for $2-$3, more the closer it gets to uncirculated state.

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of the morgan dollar pieces one of 1881 and another one of 1891 I would like to know what their worth is please . Thank you Beth

Man said...

morgan dollar pieces
1881 about $29.00
1891 about $30.00

Anonymous said...

i recieved 2 1980 susan b anthony dollar coins with a (S) mint mark one is in neat condition. its still shiny and the edge as well. the other is in circulated condition not too faded the coins appearance is in fine shape

Man said...

2 1980 susan b anthony dollar coins with a (S) mint mark one is in neat condition. its still shiny and the edge as well. the other is in circulated condition not too faded the coins appearance is in fine shape

Just $1.00 each, one maybe a proof coin since it is so shiny but circulated it lost all its value.