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Graphite Drawing of Proposed Design for the Susan B. Anthony Dollar

The Susan B. Anthony coin was the first American coin to illustrate an actual woman, rather than an allegorical or mythological figure. In this rendition of the dollar, Susan B. Anthony faces right; the ridge on her nose and her softened jaw line is less pronounced than in earlier drawings.

 

The Susan B. Anthony coin was produced and distributed from the year 1979 through 1991, and then made one last year in 1999. Right from the beginning there was a problem with the new dollar because it was almost the same size as the quarter, and although the United Stated Mint gave the new dollar an eleven-sided edge to distinguish the dollar from the round quarter, people still confused the two coins. In the end, the Susan B. Anthony dollar never caught on as a spendable dollar for the general public.

 

Location

Currently not on view

 

Object Name

sketch

 

date made

ca 1979

 

artist

Gasparro, Frank

 

Physical Description

paper; graphite (overall material)

 

Measurements

overall: 21.1 cm x 20.4 cm; 8 5/16 in x 8 1/16 in

 

overall design: 18 cm; 7 1/16 in

 

place made

United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

 

ID Number

2009.0005.114

 

accession number

2009.0005

 

catalog number

2009.0005.114

 

subject

Coins, Currency and Medals

 

Art - Currency

 

Art of Gasparro

 

See more items in

Political History: National Numismatic Collection

 

Art of Gasparro

 

Data Source

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

 

Credit Line

Christina Gasparro Hansen

 

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