Rick's Cafe' Ame'ricain. Anthony Dollar -- Struck 10% Off Center -- MS64 NGC.
Large dollar coins have never been overly successful in the United States. Early silver dollars didn't circulate widely in the US, and even Morgan and Peace dollars sat in vaults. The public preferred to carry lighter, more convenient silver certificates more than large coins, so most of the coins themselves stayed out of circulation. Eisenhower dollarswere mostly rejected for their large size, and without silver content, any appeal of a large dollar coin was lost. Anthony dollar was supposed to be the Goldilocks solution - just the right size, just the right design - to finally get a dollar coin to circulate in the US.
But we all know how that turned out. In May of 1975, the government took the first true step towards issuing a small dollar coin. Even before Triangle gave their recommendation, it was clear that the government was thinking of a smaller coin. They published a report entitled "A New Small Dollar Coin - Technical Considerations" in 1976. Shortly after, Triangle suggested that a new dollar coin include four key components: It should be smaller, a different color than the quarter, have a distinctive edge, and be released with a major marketing campaign.
Triangle's size recommendation was followed, but nothing else - no different composition, no unique edge, no huge campaign. Frank Gasparro, Chief Engraver of the US Mint, was responsible for designing the new dollars. He had previously designed the Lincoln memorial cent reverse, the Kennedy half reverse, and the Eisenhower dollar.The Treasury originally wanted the new coin to feature Lady Liberty, hearkening back to classic coins of early America. Gasparro began this design in 1976, choosing to include a Phrygian cap with Lady Liberty on the obverse, making it remarkably similar to the Liberty cap designs of the late 1700s. On the reverse he depicted an eagle, flying over a mountain with rays of sunlight in the background. However, when the Treasury announced their plans for the new coin, women's organizations began to push for it to feature a real woman.
There had never been a real woman on any of our nation's circulating coinage, and they believed that depicting an allegorical woman was the equivalent of saying that no real woman deserved to be on our coins. Left: Elizabeth Pole, Center: Georgia Neese Clarke Gray, Right: Abigail Adams. On May 3, 1978, William Proxmire suggested to the Senate that Susan B. Anthonyshould be featured on the coin.
Some called for it to feature both Anthony and Harriet Tubman, while others called for Georgia Neese Clarke Gray, Abigail Adams, or Elizabeth Pole instead. The frontrunner, however, was Anthony. Anthony, born in 1820, was a champion of equal rights throughout her entire life.She combatted slavery as a young adult, but she is mainly known for her work in the women's suffrage movement. She played a big role in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. While who should be on the new coin was still in debate, Gasparro began working on a new design in June of 1978 featuring Susan B. She died three years before Gasparro was born, so he had to rely on photographs for his design. And while there's some disagreement about exactly how many photographs he found and where he got them, sources agree that he only had somewhere between two and six photos to work from.
He started with a design based on a picture of Anthony around age 28. There's also debate about precisely who he showed this initial design to. Some sources claim he showed it to a relative of Anthony's, a niece or nephew; others say he brought it to larger groups, including feminist organizations, a fine arts commission, or the Treasury Department itself.
Regardless of who saw it, the reaction was clear: That's not her. They believed Gasparro had made her too pretty, and he went back to the drawing board. He tried to approximate Anthony in middle age, creating a much sterner portrait that he believed would be rejected immediately.In the meantime, the bill calling for the new dollar to feature Anthony passed in both the House and Senate. Along the way, it was also determined that the reverse would feature approximately the same design as the Eisenhower dollars - an interpretation of the Apollo 11mission insignia. Eisenhower was president in 1958 when NASA was established, which drew a connection between the two sides of the coins. Anthony, however, had nothing to do with NASA or Apollo 11. Regardless, Gasparro submitted his design, including the stern portrait, the same day that the bill passed in the House. Contrary to Gasparro's expectations, it was accepted. On October 10, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the bill into law, and it was time for production to begin.
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