Dwight D. Eisenhower and Susan B. Anthony's Dollar: Gasparo's Portfolio

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Description (Brief)
This group includes fourteen objects relate to replacing the Dwight D. Eisenhower dollar (designed in 1971) with the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1978. Brochures explain that the new coins smaller size and lighter weight made it cost—efficient to produce and easier to use because it was less cumbersome in the pocket and choosing Susan B. Anthony as the obverse reflected the socially progressive values of the 1970s.
Gasparro wanted to use his version of the Flowing Hair Liberty” for the new dollar, and most numismatists hoped he would have his way and create an "attractive coin."
But the seventies was a time of progressive social values, and feminism and civil rights outweighed aesthetics. President Carter summed up the nation’s principles in a statement found in this packet, “I am particularly pleased that the new dollar coin will—for the first time in history—bear the image of a great American woman. The life of Susan B. Anthony exemplifies the ideals for which our country stands. The ‘Anthony dollar’ will symbolize for all American women the achievement of their unalienable right to vote. It will be a constant reminder of the continuing struggle for equality of all Americans."
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1970-1978
Physical Description
paper (overall contents material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall 1 of 14: 13.3 cm x 10.7 cm; 5 1/4 in x 4 3/16 in
overall 2 of 14: 13.2 cm x 10.7 cm; 5 3/16 in x 4 3/16 in
overall 3 of 14: 11.1 cm x 11.4 cm x 10.4 cm; 4 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in
overall 4 of 14 folded: 21.6 cm x 9.1 cm; 8 1/2 in x 3 9/16 in
overall 4 of 14 open: 21.6 cm x 36.8 cm; 8 1/2 in x 14 1/2 in
overall 5 of 14: 23.1 cm x 15.2 cm; 9 1/8 in x 6 in
overall 6 of 14: 26.7 cm x 20.4 cm; 10 1/2 in x 8 1/16 in
overall 7 of 14: 26.7 cm x 20.4 cm; 10 1/2 in x 8 1/16 in
overall 8 of 14: 26.7 cm x 20.4 cm; 10 1/2 in x 8 1/16 in
overall 9 of 14: 26.7 cm x 20.4 cm; 10 1/2 in x 8 1/16 in
overall 10 of 14: 26.7 cm x 20.4 cm; 10 1/2 in x 8 1/16 in
overall 11 of 14: 28 cm x 21.7 cm; 11 in x 8 9/16 in
overall 12 of 14: 29 cm x 21.7 cm; 11 7/16 in x 8 9/16 in
overall 13 of 14: 27.4 cm x 20.8 cm; 10 13/16 in x 8 3/16 in
overall 14 of 14: 27.4 cm x 19.9 cm; 10 13/16 in x 7 13/16 in
ID Number
2009.0005.080
accession number
2009.0005
catalog number
2009.0005.080
Credit Line
Christina Gasparro Hansen
subject
Art - Currency
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Art of Gasparro
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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