Long Beard's Blog

28 May 2022

Overlooked Beauty

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Where has the time gone? While time has been found to log in, read and reply to the many blogs it's been nearly a full month since the last post and that very question weighs on the mind. I offer no valid excuses. With that, on to the week's subject. As you've most likely read from another member, last weekend was the annual Pennsylvania Numismatics Association's (PAN) spring show. At which time begins the latest series, the Susan B Anthony dollar. Enjoy!

As a collector of many, many years a collection- or hoard as I have come to call it- has ballooned to a point where only earlier coins are left to assemble as a series. Which is all fine and well as there is a seemingly unlimited supply of possibilities to choose from despite the increase in finances to pursue such pieces. Before getting to the series at hand, your's truly has assembled all but a few denominations of U.S. coinage struck in the 20th century to date. From the Lincoln Cent to the Franklin and Kennedy half, the Indian Head to Washington quarter and Peace dollar. I mention this to explain my mind set before walking through the doors of the Monroeville Convention Center's South Tower this Saturday past. What to pursue now that I've finished the Eisenhower dollar series not a week prior. If you know your U.S. coinage series of the twentieth century, the Standing Liberty Quarter falls onto that list. Of which I only have perhaps seven or eight. However, those become quite expensive as a complete series run. Add in that putting one together with a nice eye appeal across the set make for a very tough undertaking. As mentioned for the Eisenhower, the next dollar in line seemed obvious. Not to mention much easier on the pockets!

The Susan B is one of those designs/denominations collectors either love or hate and for numerous reasons. With this is mind, the first small-sized U.S. dollar without a doubt should be reexamined. The goal was simple, or so it appeared at first thought, as I sat down at the first table to begin thumbing through the dealer's offerings. Mark free cheeks, bright clean surfaces and a clear mint mark were only what interested me. Half a dozen tables further into the sea of dealers selling their wares I realized how extremely challenging this would be as I had already passed on a hundred or so specimens failing my criteria. Around this time, two other factors arose. First, quite a few exhibit some form of toning. Mostly of the golden variety, and while meeting the standards I had set, were passed upon. Second, the 1980 S proof was turning out to be a tough coin to locate, at least within what I'd set as my goal. The few of those which I had found were either a cameo at best or far more than I felt reasonable. Hundreds of dealers and three to four hours later I managed to complete all but four of this short four year, 18 coin series. Along the way I also happened across a gorgeous orange/red 1950 d Jefferson Nickel (equally toned both obverse and reverse which is extremely rare) and a 1st edition of Roger Burdette's Renaissance of American Coinage 1916-1921.

So there I sat at my desk plugging the holes of a new Littleton green album. As I looked at the nearly complete series as a grouping I realized just how beautiful this overlooked and under appreciated coin design is. Despite one or two with an ever so slight golden hue they truly are stunning. So if you are up to a challenge and limited on funds, this set will not disappoint. Now time to hit up the local dealers and find the remaining pieces!


Long Beard

Level 5

Thanks all for the replies. I was one of those who once shied away from this series, until looking at them as a group. The design could have been improved upon before striking, I must admit.


Level 4

So, I’m definitely looking forward to the fall PAN show, now that I know about it. Lol. But as far as dollar coins go, personally, it’s disappointing the Susan B. didn’t have a longer run. I like the coin, and am especially grateful they re-released it in 1999 before the Sacagawea dollars started being produced. It’s a beautiful coin, and collecting the different specimens is definitely a treat. Nothing wrong with being picky in regards to which ones you actually obtained, per your specific requirements. It’s your collection! Enjoy, and thanks for sharing.


Level 5

Cherry-picking inexpensive, high-quality coins through dealers' albums is a fun way to collect coins. Given that the SBA dollars are a short series makes it all the more of an inexpensive series to collect. You almost make me want to collect SBA's! If not for the design, then for the enjoyment of the hunt.


Level 6

I'm happy you had a good time. I just can't get into that SBA series. She looks so mean. Didn't the USA sell a bunch of these and golden dollars to, I think, Argentina? I'm going to give these coins another look. If you like them they must have something going for them. Good luck on your set. Thanks.


Level 6

I know what you mean about blogging... Me too...It's been months since I blogged... Now that's crazy! ; ) You have a beautiful collection going on there! I'm one of those collectors that aren't fond of the SBA... However these are really pretty! Good job!

AC coin$

Level 6

APPRECIATE your experience . Good coin portafolio.

It's Mokie

Level 6

LB, sounds like you had an excellent time in beautiful Monroeville. I had an extensive want list but only managed to find one item on my list. I think the sea of dealers and ocean of glimmering coins just made it impossible to concentrate. I think my only gripe with the SBA Dollar is the reuse of the Apollo 11 imagery on the reverse, couldn't they have found a different eagle? See you in October!!!! (:


Level 7

Thank you for telling us about your experience. Those of us that can't make it appreciate it. It sounds like another good show. They really put out the red carpet for collectors. You picked up some really good coins. Enjoy them my friend. And thanks again!

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