What Is the Value of a 1979 Silver Dollar? (2022 Errors and Varieties)

Last Updated on September 1, 2022

Just by looking at a silver dollar coin, an experienced coin dealer can tell right away how much it’s worth is. Your silver’s  worth would hinge on its condition, origin and age.

So do you have a 1979 silver dollar coin and want to know if it’s worth keeping?

Then just keep on reading.

What is the value of a 1979 silver dollar?

Most 1979 silver dollar coins are worth only face value — just one dollar. Around $1 to $2 for those coins that look nearly perfect to the unaided eye.

In terms of specific mint types, the average value of 1979-S and 1979-D dollars is $2, while you can get up to $2.20 for 1979-P in uncirculated condition.

For the rarer 1979 types, you can get up to $6.30 for 1979-S Type 1 Proof, $22 for 1979-P Wide Rim and $52 for 1979-S Type 2 Proof in perfect uncirculated condition. BCW Large Dollar Flips 100 Ct. Premium Cardboard Coin Holders Flips for Pre-1979 Silver Dollars; 100 Pack of 2x2 Pre-1978, White

Why are 1979 dollar coins so popular?

The silver dollar is called the Susan B. Anthony dollar and was made in the US in 1979.

1979 marks the first year of these dollars and most common year for this coin series.

The 1979 dollar coins were the ones that circulated the most widely after 4 years of making. Another reason these coins are very popular is because many people keep these coins as souvenirs for being the first circulating United States coin to feature a real woman.

Who was Susan B. Anthony in the 1979 silver dollar?

Susan B. Anthony lived 1820 through 1906 and she was a woman’s suffrage leader and was instrumental in the passage of the 19th Amendment. Her effort gave women the right to vote.

The 1979 one dollar coin  is also commonly incorporated into display cases and frames.  Also, many 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollars were sold with postage stamps known as first-day covers.

The United States Mint produced millions of these coins. They created  360,222,000 for 1979-P dollar coin (Philadelphia Mint), 288,015,744 for 1979-D dollar coin (Denver Mint) and 109,576,00 for 1979-S dollar coin (San Francisco Mint), making 750 million in total.

How to differentiate the different 1979 silver dollar coins?

The US Mint made two coin hubs in 1979 but there was an error during the production which resulted in minting yielded two obverse dies that were different.

The first one, known as Wide Rim Silver Dollar Coin, has the date on the coin placed too close to its rim because the rim of the coin was wide. You will only see these coins with this type of error with the P mint mark because these coins were minted in Philadelphia.

If you suspect you have this type of coin, inspect it closely. It is not worth more than a few dollars if it is circulated and the value is higher in uncirculated condition.

Then there is Narrow Rim Silver Dollar Coin but it does not have as much value as the wide rim type. The S Proof Type 1 has a grainy S mint mark that looks more like a blob and because of this it has been known as blob mint mark.

Towards the end of the 1979 silver dollar production is the S Proof Type 2. This time, the  S marks  were clearer and became type 2. These coins are more valuable than type 1 because only a few of these coins came out.

What affects the value of the 1979 silver dollar?

Despite the type of coin, the value normally drops if silver dollar coins show evidence of good circulation. If the silver dollar is uncirculated and if it is the rare clear S type many coin collectors are willing to pay more for it.

Jackie Palmer is a Sydney-based coin expert and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist and social media consultant, managing blogs and social channels for local fashion and jewelry stores, designers and influencers. Since 2021, Jackie is also leading Jewels Advisors growing social activity and Influencer Marketing partnerships.