Keep in mind that the so-called "clear S" for 1979 (type II) is actually the
"filled S" for 1981 (type I).
When bidding online
Always sit on your helmet
>If you gave a Redbook turn to the section on Susan B. Anthony dollars. There
>are pictures there of the differences in Type I and Type II mintmarks for
>Keep in mind that the so-called "clear S" for 1979 (type II) is actually the
>"filled S" for 1981 (type I).
>When bidding online
>Always sit on your helmet
So, the "fill" on 1981 coins has nothing to do with whether the coin is type
one or type two. Frankly, most ALL 1981 mms are "clear". That's why I see
anywhere from 3-10 erroneously identified 1981 SBA proof at every larger show I
attend. Many people who purchase these things from dealers who either don't
know the difference or choose to ignore the difference knowing their customers
probably can't tell, stick the coins in their collections and never know
they've been ripped off.
You need to know what you're buying, (or at least know your dealer knows what
he's doing) when purchasing type 2 1981 proof coins...and never waste money
purchasing a complete set. Most are sets that have been cracked open and
super-glued back together after the type 1 coins have been removed and replaced
by type 2 coins. It's much more prudent to buy the 6 coins and put them in an
aftermarket holder if you want a set. If you MUST have an original gov't
packaged set, examine the seams and even the red insert VERY closely for signs
of tampering. If you see ANYTHING indicating contact with the red insert or
any fracturing around the edge seam, don't purchase it; it's probably cracked
open and resealed.
I never saw a complete set I was even tempted to buy until the 2nd or third
generation of modern "super-glues" came on the market. I purchased 30 sets
from the gov't in December of 1981 and while I had 27 type 2 SBAs and a
preponderance of type 2 JFKs and Lincoln cents and Jefferson nickels, not one
of the sets was "complete", mostly due to the absence of type 2 quarters, a
relatively high mintage type 2 in 1981, if estimates are to be believed. I
just don't think the assemblers ever got all 6 type 2 coins together at the
same time...or at least for any great amount of time.
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The 1981 Type I punch has "perfect circle" upper and lower loops. The 1981
Type II has the same perfect circle lower loop, but the upper loop is
elongated and flattened at the top. This is the only difference between the
two varieties. Ignore the descriptive terms as "filled" means that the
design element is missing, and "clear" is unclear as to meaning. Ken Potter
has pictures of the four varieties at his web site. I just changed computers
and don't have the URL.