Intended to honor this pioneer in women’s rights, legislation dated October 10, 1978, provided for the issuance of the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Both obverse and reverse designs were the work of the chief engraver of the U.S. Mint, Frank Gasparro, whose initials FG are located below the portrait and the eagle.
Placement of Susan B. Anthony’s likeness on the dollar represented the first time that a woman other than a model or a mythical figure has appeared on a circulating U.S. coin. The reverse design is the same as that used on the Eisenhower dollar. Mintmarks P, D, or S appear on the obverse, slightly above Anthony’s right shoulder.
The size of this coin caused it to be confused with the quarter, and it failed to gain widespread public acceptance. No coins were made for circulation from 1981 to 1998. In 1999 additional pieces were made to meet the needs of vending machines.