EISENHOWER DOLLARS 1971- 1978


Date/Mint Description/Condition Stock # Quantity Price
1971 P Eisenhower Dollar Very Fine ED10901 1 $4.95
1971 D Eisenhower Dollar Very Fine ED10902 2 $4.95
1972 P Eisenhower Dollar Very Fine ED10903 3 $3.95
1974 S Eisenhower UNCIRCULATED SILVER DOLLAR
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ED03166 1 $19.95
1976 P Eisenhower Bicentenial Very Fine Type 1
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ED10911 6 $8.95
1976 D Eisenhower Bicentenial Very Fine Type 1 ED10911 1 $8.95
1977 D Eisenhower Dollar Very Fine ED10920 1 $3.95
1978 P Eisenhower Dollar Very Fine ED10922 1 $3.95

Uncirculated: An uncirculated coin is a coin with no trace of wear; still in the original mint condition.



The History of the Eisenhower Dollar (1971-1978):

The first Eisenhower Dollar was issued in 1971 honoring both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the first landing of man on the moon. This new 'Ike Dollar' was the first dollar coin to be issued in the United States since 1935. The proposal for the issuance of the Eisenhower Dollar nearly died in Congress due to a disagreement between the House and the Senate over the composition of the coin. After 18 months of deliberation, a compromise was finally reached to issue the coin both ways. Eisenhower Dollar issued for general circulation were copper nickel clad while collectors' coins were struck in 40% silver. These Silver Eisenhower Dollars were available only from the U.S. Treasury at a premium cost of $3.00 for Uncirculated and $10.00 for Proof Editions.

The Eisenhower Dollar was designed by Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro. The obverse depicts President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the reverse shows an eagle landing on the moon. The engravers initials appear on the truncation of Eisenhower's neck and just below the eagle's tail feathers. One exception is the Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar which had The mint mark is located on the obverse between the neckline and the date. Eisenhower Dollars minted in Philadelphia bear no mint mark.

In observance of the Bicentennial of the United States, the design of the Eisenhower Dollar was changed, as was the quarter and the half dollar. While the obverse still portrayed the bust of Eisenhower, a duel date of 1776-1976 was added. A completely new reverse, depicting the Liberty Bell and the moon, was design by Dennis R. Williams, winner of an open design competition. His initials appear just below the bell. Bicentennial designs were used on all quarters, halves and dollars issued from 1975 to 1976. No Eisenhower Dollars were struck with a 1975 date. Eisenhower Dollars struck in 1975 can be distinguished by wide, low relief lettering on the reverse (Type 1). Pieces struck in 1976 had sharp narrow lettering on the reverse (Type 2). All 1976 Silver issues were struck in 1975; meaning there are no silver Type 2 coins.

The composition of the Eisenhower Dollar, as discussed above, varies depending on the issue. Pieces issued for general circulation, 1971-1978, had a weight of 22.68 grams, a diameter of 38.1mm, a reeded edge, and a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel bonded to a core of pure copper. Special silver pieces issued at a premium for collectors, from 1971-1976, had a weight of 24.59 grams, a diameter of 38.1mm, a reeded edge, and a complex composition as follows: outer layers 80% silver and 20% copper bonded to an inner core of 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper...resulting in a silver content of 40% (net silver weight .3161 oz. pure). Eisenhower Dollars were struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

BU (Brilliant Uncirculated): A strictly uncirculated coin with attractive mint luster but noticeable detracting contact marks or minor blemishes.

PRF (Proof Edition): The term "Proof" refers to a method of manufacture which produces a superior quality coin. Proofs are struck on specially prepared planchets using highly polished dies. They are struck multiple times at low speed and are made expressly for collectors.

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Modern Proof coins are easily identified by their mirror-like finish and frosted features.

1 vs 2: The 1976 Type 1 Dollar has flat, shallow letters on the reverse. The Type 2 has sharp, thin lettering on the reverse.

SILVER vs CLAD: Some of the Eisenhower Dollars issued between 1971 and 1976 were composed of 40% Silver. These were Special Issues available only from the U. S. Mint which sold them at a premium. Eisenhower Dollars issued for general circulation were Clad: composed of a mixture of nickel and copper.

D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark is located on the obverse between the date and Eisenhower's neckline.

S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark is located on the obverse between the date and Eisenhower's neckline. Note: Dollars struck in Philadelphia bear no mint mark.



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