December 13th

On this day in 1978 – The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar. The Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin was introduced in 1979. The Coin Coalition, based in Washington, DC, reports that the Government Accounting Office studied the experience of the Anthony dollar. The GAO concluded that one of the reasons the Anthony dollar did not catch on was because the dollar bill was still being used. Cash retailers apparently did not want to count and store both paper and coin dollars. In addition, the dollar coins were too similar to quarters, both in look and feel. A new dollar coin with Native American Sacagawea, who helped guide Lewis and Clark, was minted in 2000.

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