Coin Collecting at the Safir House
The coin had some success in circulating, but not nearly enough. Of late, within the last few years, the demand for dollar coins has risen with their use in vending machines as the cost of candy, subway fares, and stamps have increased and as automated vending systems increasingly replace human clerks. In fact, by 1999, this problem was part of the impetus to bring the coin into existence, as the Susan B Antony was largely disliked.
Flying Eagle Design on the Sac Dollar
A few oddities have happened with this coin. First, the Mint promoted the coin with General Mills and put a 2000 Dollar in Cherrios Boxes. The released coin ended up being a pattern variety and not the exact design released later to the public. These "Cherrios Sacs" go for quite a premium. Then the Mint could resist minting a few in real Gold which they sent on a trip with space craft Challenger and the returned coins are sitting in a vault in the Mint. Lastly, the artist, Glenna Goodacre, received a $5000 fee for the design of the obverse which the Mint paid Ms Goodacre in specially prepared Sac Coins. Some of these have been slabbed by ICG under a special arraingment with the artist.
The reverse of the Sac was created by Thomas D. Rogers who gets no credit for an incredable peice of work. With the change to the yearly reverse alterations the Eagle is gone. I believe that the original Sacagawea design will become very collectable in the future as is might be the only coin released in modern times with any real asthetics.
Here is a nice 2000D pulled from circulation
Another Super pull from circulation of a 2000 D Sac. Look at the strike on this baby.
Another great view of the reverse
Another 2000 P
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library.Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Go To Section II: Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States
Go To Section III: Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins. Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.
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