Coins Certified as of 1/24

My Coin #21432256

1981-S SBA$1 MS67

PCGS#: 9580

Owner's Comments

Ex DRG Collection. Purchased from James Sego Rare Coins. The 1981 Susan B Anthony Dollars were included in mint sets only. The S's had to be shipped to Denver to be included in the Denver packet. A bumpy road along the way possibly contributed to these coins getting much more banged up than the P and D counterparts. It's estimated that it takes 1500-2000 mint sets to find an ms66, probably 100 times that to find an ms67. And the coins out of the 3 coin SBA mint sets are usually even worse. This coin is a freak for the date with booming luster and well hidden flaws. It was originally found by clad coin expert Rob Anglemier, then owned by DRG and then Murphy.

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez: The 1981-S is the third lowest mintage in the Susan B. Anthony circulation strike series. Only the 1981-P and D have a lower mintage.

Circulated Grades: In circulated grades it is easily obtainable and worth only a small premium do to its low mintage.

Uncirculated Grades: In uncirculated condition they are still obtainable in grades of MS60 - MS63 wit a slight premium over circulated coins.

MS64: In MS64 condition they become a bit more challenging but yet can be easily found.

MS65: In MS65 condition it becomes tougher to find and some cherry picking is needed to find them in this grade.

MS66: In MS66 they are very difficult to find and are considered somewhat scarce with only a couple hundred examples available in this grade.

MS67: In MS67 it is almost unobtainable. As of 2011, PCGS has only graded one example in this grade with none being higher.


Diameter: 26.50 millimeters Designer: Frank Gasparro Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 3,492,000 Weight: 8.10 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel over a pure Copper center

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,450,000 R-1.0 2 / 12 TIE 2 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 334,900 R-1.7 3 / 12 TIE 3 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 17,450 R-2.8 3 / 12 TIE 3 / 12 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade