The 1979 Proof Set (Buy on eBay) saw the debut of the new design and size for the one dollar coin. The Susan B. Anthony Dollar was sized slightly larger than the Washington Quarter, and the obverse of the coin featured the woman’s suffrage figure’s portrait and the reverse carried over the prior design from the Eisenhower Dollar on a smaller canvas.
The sets were still offered at an issue price of $9.00 from the United States Mint. The number of sets sold saw an increase from the prior year, likely spurred by interest in the newly designed dollar coin.
The 1979 Proof coins contained in the sets carry two different styles of mint marks, known as Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 mint marks have the area inside the letter filled, while Type 2 mint marks are clear and flat on top. Less examples of the Type 2 exist than Type 1. The rarity of the Type 2 version varies by denomination, with the Susan B. Anthony Dollar being the rarest and carrying the highest premium.
The packaging for the 1979 Proof Set remained unchanged from the prior year with one exception. A round plastic ring was fitted into the large slot reserved for the dollar coin to accommodate the denomination’s new size. The packaging would be redesigned in the following year, specifically for the small size dollar.
1979 Proof Set Coins
- 1979-S Proof Lincoln Cent
- 1979-S Proof Jefferson Nickel
- 1979-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
- 1979-S Proof Washington Quarter
- 1979-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar
- 1979-S Proof Susan B. Anthony Dollar
1979 Proof Set Information
- Coins per Set: 6
- Face Value: $1.91
- Original Issue Price: $9.00
- Mintage: 3,677,175