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Phil's Coins & Stamps - Wichita's Best Coin Dealer :: 1979 Type 1 and Type 2 Mint Marks

1979 Type 1 and Type 2 Mint Marks
 

In 1979, a number of changes occurred in numismatics. First, the Eisenhower dollar was replaced by the Susan B. Anthony dollar. These coins became widely collected like all new coin series. To make the series more interesting, the 1979 proof set came with two very different mint mark styles — one with a "filled S," better known as Type 1, and the other with a "clear S," better known as Type 2. The Type 2 mint mark style was released later in the year starting with the lower denominated coins first. It is most scarce on the half dollar and the Susan B. Anthony dollar. Being introduced at the height of the market, these small differences became instant "keys" and commanded high premiums over the other coins.

1979 Type 1 Mint Mark

Mint Mark is filled and the detail is not clear.

1979 Type 2 Mint Mark

Nice Clear and uniform in shape Mint Mark.