WASHINGTON, D.C. — On this day in 1979, the United States unveiled a new face on the one-dollar coin. The design featured women’s rights crusader Susan B. Anthony, who was selected to replace the larger Eisenhower coin. The Treasury Department minted over 500 million pieces, making Susan B. the first woman to ever appear on a circulating U.S. coin.
All across the country people lined up at banks to take home a little piece of history. Although some saw the coin as historic, others cited it as chump change in the midst of a failed attempt to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
This report originally aired on July 2, 1979 on WPIX-TV.