U.S. 1979-1981 Proof and Mint Sets
|Item Number: 46006|
| All six 1979-1981 U.S. proof and mint sets. As the cost of copper and nickel rose, the U.S. Eisenhower dollar was replaced by the smaller Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979. But the experimental Anthony dollar, produced from 1979-1981 would prove to have an even shorter minting span than the Ike dollar. The Anthony dollar was revived only in 1999, to test its use in vending machines. Suspended after a small 1981 mintage, early Susan B. Anthony dollars have become collector's items, especially those in mint sets and proof sets.
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.
The 12-coin 1979 mint set includes two Susan B. Anthony dollar while the bigger 13-coin 1980 set contains three of the short lived issues. The most coveted 13-coin 1981 mint set contains the same makeup of coins as the 1980 set. But early in 1981 the Treasury decided not to follow through on the three planned circulation mintages for the dollar. So SBA dollars were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated quality only in the 1981 mint set.
Many of these sets were broken up by dealers and collectors, making them tougher to find today.