U.S. 1979-1981 Proof Sets
|Item Number: 39254|
|As the cost of copper and nickel rose, the U.S. Eisenhower dollar was replaced by the smaller Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979. Suspended after a small 1981 mintage, early Susan B. Anthony dollars have become collector's items.
The 1979 U.S. proof set's mintage was only 0.4% of the 1979 circulation Anthony dollar's production. The 1980 set had a slightly lower mintage than 1979, but meanwhile, the Anthony dollar's circulation mintages drastically declined to less than 10% of the previous year's level. By 1981, the Anthony dollar's circulation mintages had declined to just 1% of the 1979 production.
Many of these sets were broken up by dealers and collectors, making them tougher to find today.