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Graphite Drawing of Proposed Design for the Susan B. Anthony Dollar | by national museum of american history
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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.



Currently not on view


Object Name



date made

ca 1979



Gasparro, Frank


Physical Description

paper; graphite (overall material)



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


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accession number



catalog number




Coins, Currency and Medals


Art - Currency


Art of Gasparro


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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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Uploaded on March 1, 2013