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Eisenhower Dollar (Ike Dollars)

Specifications, Details and General Information

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Eisenhower Dollar Obverse  Eisenhower Dollar Reverse 
Regular Obverse  Regular Reverse 
Eisenhower Dollar Reverse Eisenhower Dollar Reverse
Bicentennial Obverse Bicentennial Reverse
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Background and History

In 1969 the United States beat the Russians to the moon with Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin being the first humans to leave their footprints there. The United States wanted to honor this accomplishment on a coin. Unfortunately, the cent, nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar, for one reason or another, were off-limits for redesign. Therefore, it was decided to revive the dollar coin that had not been minted since 1935. The new one dollar coin would be the same diameter and approximately the same thickness as previous minted silver dollars but would be made of the copper-nickel clad base metal composition that is dictated by the Coinage Act of July 23, 1965. Mint engraver Frank Gasparro represented this historic event on the reverse by adapting the Apollo XI insignia from NASA. It was President Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower who authorized the creation of NASA in 1958 and was therefore chosen for the obverse of the coin. In 1973, the Treasury Department began a contest to select the design to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War on the quarter, half dollar and one dollar coins. Dennis R. Williams' reverse design was selected on March 6, 1974 that superimposes the Liberty Bell on top of the moon. No coins dated 1975 were minted since production of the dual dated (1776 - 1976) Bicentennial Coinage began in 1975 in order to meet the public's demand for these new circulating commemorative coins.

Coin Values and Prices:

Detailed Specifications

Issuing Government United States of America
Denomination $1.00 (One dollar)
Coinage Type  Eisenhower One Dollar (a.k.a. Ike Dollar)
Mintage Dates  1971 to 1978
Production Facilities  Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco
Mint Mark Location   Above the '7' in the date on the obverse.
Composition  Clad: Outside: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel; Core: 100% Copper
Silver: Outer layers: 80% silver and 20% copper; Core: 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper (total: 40% silver)
Weight  Clad: 22.680 grams
Silver: 24.592 grams
Weight Tolerance (+/-) Clad: 0.907 grams 
Silver: 0.984 grams
Actual Gold Weight  (AGW)  0.0000 Troy Ounces  (does not contain any gold)
Actual Silver Weight  (ASW) Clad: 0.0000 Troy Ounces (does not contain any silver)
Silver: 0.3162 Troy Ounces  
Actual Platinum Weight  (APW)  0.0000 Troy Ounces  (does not contain any platinum)
Specific Gravity  Clad: 8.920
Silver: 9.530
Diameter 38.10 mm 
Thickness  2.58 mm 
Edge Type Reeded
Regular Obverse and Reverse (1971-1974 and 1977-1978)
Obverse Description  President Dwight Eisenhower facing left, with LIBERTY above and IN GOD WE TRUST to the lower left and the date at the bottom.
Obverse Designer  Frank Gasparro
Reverse Description  Eagle holding an olive branch, landing on the moon, with the earth in the background with 13 stars in the field. The inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM above. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR at the border.
Reverse Designer  Frank Gasparro
KM# (Krause-Mishler Catalog No.)  Clad: 203
Silver: 203a
Bicentennial Obverse and Reverse (1976)
Obverse Description  President Dwight Eisenhower facing left, with LIBERTY above and IN GOD WE TRUST to the lower left and the dual date 1776-1976 at the bottom.
Obverse Designer  Frank Gasparro
Reverse Description  Liberty Bell superimposed in front of the moon. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM appears to the lower right. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR separated by two stars surrounds.
Reverse Designer  Dennis R. Williams
KM# (Krause-Mishler Catalog No.)  Clad: 206
Silver: 206a
Notes  No coins dated 1975 were minted. Minting of the Bicentennial coins began in 1975 and continued throughout 1976. They have the dual date of "1776-1976".

Production Years, Mints and Types

The Eisenhower Dollar was minted as indicated in the following table.  The table lists the years, strike type, mint facility where made, the mint mark used on the coin and a description of any type differences in coins minted for that year.

Year Mint Mint Mark Type
1971 Philadelphia Clad
1971 Denver D Clad
1971 San Francisco S Silver
1971 Proof San Francisco S Silver
1972 Philadelphia Clad Type I
(Low Relief)
1972 Philadelphia Clad Type II
(High Relief)
1972 Philadelphia Clad Type III
(Modified High Relief)
1972 Denver D Clad
1972 San Francisco S Silver
1972 Proof San Francisco S Silver
1973 Philadelphia Clad
1973 Denver D Clad
1973 San Francisco S Silver
1973 Proof San Francisco S Clad
1973 Proof San Francisco S Silver
1974 Philadelphia Clad
1974 Denver D Clad
1974 San Francisco S Silver
1974 Proof San Francisco S Clad
1974 Proof San Francisco S Silver
1976 Philadelphia Bicentennial; Clad Type 1
(Thick letters reverse)
1976 Philadelphia Bicentennial; Clad Type 2
(Thin letters reverse)
1976 Denver D Bicentennial; Clad Type 1
(Thick letters reverse)
1976 Denver D Bicentennial; Clad Type 2
(Thin letters reverse)
1976 San Francisco S Bicentennial; Silver
1976 Proof San Francisco S Bicentennial; Clad Type 1
(Thick letters reverse)
1976 Proof San Francisco S Bicentennial; Clad Type 2
(Thin letters reverse)
1976 Proof San Francisco S Bicentennial; Silver
1977 Philadelphia Clad
1977 Denver D Clad
1977 Proof San Francisco S Clad
1978 Philadelphia Clad
1978 Denver D Clad
1978 Proof San Francisco S Clad

Errors and Varieties

The following are popular errors and varieties that Eisenhower Dollar collectors look for. These coins usually carry a premium and are valued above a common coin.

Year Mint Mint Mark Error/Variety Notes/Description
1971 Silver Proof San Francisco S Partial Peg Leg "R" Part of the serif on the "R" in Liberty is missing.
See Eisenhower Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties for more information.
1971 Silver Proof San Francisco S Peg Leg "R" Missing the serif on the "R" in Liberty.
See
Eisenhower Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties for more information.
1972 Philadelphia   Three different type of reverse dies were used Look at the Earth on the reverse to distinguish between the three type.
See Eisenhower Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties for more information.

Mintage Figures

The following table lists mint production figures for the number of Eisenhower Dollars (Ike Dollars) produced at each mint facility. Where possible, production numbers by strike type are noted.

Year Mint Mint Mark Mintage Notes
1971 Clad Philadelphia 47,799,000
1971 Clad Denver D 68,587,424
1971 Silver San Francisco S 6,868,530
1971 Silver Proof San Francisco S 4,265,234
1972 Clad Philadelphia 75,890,000
1972 Clad Denver D 92,548,511
1972 Silver San Francisco S 2,193,056
1972 Silver Proof San Francisco S 1,811,631
1973 Clad Philadelphia 1,769,258
1973 Clad Denver D 1,769,258
1973 Clad Proof San Francisco S 2,760,339
1973 Silver San Francisco S 1,883,140
1973 Silver Proof San Francisco S 1,013,646
1974 Clad Philadelphia 27,366,000
1974 Clad Denver D 45,517,000
1974 Clad Proof San Francisco S 2,612,568
1974 Silver San Francisco S 1,900,156
1974 Silver Proof San Francisco S 1,306,579
1976 Bicentennial; Clad Philadelphia 113,318,000
1976 Bicentennial; Clad Philadelphia 4,019,000
1976 Bicentennial; Clad Denver D 82,179,564
1976 Bicentennial; Clad Denver D 21,048,710
1976 Bicentennial; Silver San Francisco S 4,908,319
1976 Bicentennial; Clad Proof San Francisco S 4,149,730
1976 Bicentennial; Silver Proof San Francisco S 3,998,621
1976 Bicentennial; Clad Proof San Francisco S 2,845,450
1977 Clad Philadelphia 12,596,000
1977 Clad Denver D 32,983,006
1977 Clad Proof San Francisco S 3,251,152
1978 Clad Philadelphia 25,702,000
1978 Clad Denver D 33,102,890
1978 Clad Proof San Francisco S 3,127,781

Suggested Books on Eisenhower Dollars

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