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Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Values & Prices

How Much Is My Eisenhower Dollar Worth?

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Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Obverse   Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Reverse
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This guide is will give you an idea of how much your Eisenhower Dollars (also called Ike Silver Dollars) minted from 1971 to 1978 are worth.  The chart below provides average coin prices and values based upon the grade of the coin.  If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in commerce, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." The pictures below illustrate examples of each condition.  Some coins are very valuable even in well worn condition. Remember, you cannot increase a coin's value by cleaning it. Actually, cleaned coins are worth considerably less and coin dealers can identify a cleaned coin immediately.  Therefore, never clean your coins!

Market Analysis

Eisenhower dollars never circulated widely in the United States but were used quite frequently in the casinos out west. There were many special strikings marketed especially to coin collectors. Although they do not circulate anymore, occasionally people will bring rolls of them into their local bank to exchange for paper money. Therefore, uncirculated coins sell for  a premium over the uncirculated coins. When you go to sell your Ike dollars, don't walk in to your local coin shop with a big jar of Ike dollars and expect the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the nice ones.  If you want top dollar for your coin collection, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following Eisenhower dollars, command a small premium above the more common Eisenhower dollars. 

  • 1972 Type 2 Reverse Uncirculated

Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Average Circulated Condition

  • 1976 Bicentennial Type 1 & 2 Reverse
    (Note: This is not rare nor is it a key date, but there are two different varieties. Notice the difference in the thickness of the lettering in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Click on the image below to view a larger image.)

Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Average Circulated Condition

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Condition or Grade Examples

Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Average Circulated Condition Circulated Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated
Click on the photos above for a larger image.
Photos courtesy of Teletrade Coin Auctions, www.teletrade.com

Mint Marks

Eisenhower (Ike) Dollars were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture below, the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, just below the truncation of President Eisenhower's portrait and just above the date.

Eisenhower (Ike) Dollars mint mark location
Mint Mark Location
Image © 2013 James Bucki, All rights reserved.

Eisenhower Dollars Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Eisenhower (Ike) Dollar.  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & Mint Circulated Uncirculated
Buy Sell Buy Sell
1971 $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $2.90
1971 D $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $3.00
1971 S Silver Unc. $8.00 B.V. $12.00 B.V.
1971 S Silver Proof - B.V. $17.00 $10.00
1972 Type 1 $2.00 $1.05 $17.00 $10.00
1972 Type 2 * $8.00 $4.00 $90.00 $50.00
1972 Type 3 $2.50 $1.05 $11.00 $6.30
1972 D $1.30 $1.05 $4.00 $2.50
1972 S Silver Unc. $8.00 B.V. $12.00 B.V.
1972 S Silver Proof - B.V.  $16.00 $10.00
1973 $3.00 $1.60 $11.00 $6.50
1973 D $3.00 $1.50 $10.00 $5.80
1973 S Silver Unc. $8.00 B.V. $12.00 $7.30
1973 S Clad Proof - - $11.00 $6.90
1973 S Silver Proof - B.V.  $20.00 $12.00
1974 $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $2.90
1974 D $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $3.10
1974 S Silver Unc. $7.00 B.V. $12.00 $7.10
1974 S Clad Proof - - $10.00 $6.10
1974 S Silver Proof - B.V.  $17.00 $10.00
Date & Mint Circulated Uncirculated
Buy Sell Buy Sell
1976 Type 1 $2.00 $1.05 $8.00 $5.00
1976 Type 2 $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $3.10
1976 D Type 1 $2.00 $1.05 $7.00 $4.00
1976 D Type 2 $1.30 $1.05 $4.00 $2.40
1976 S Silver Unc. $7.00 B.V. $12.00 $7.30
1976 S Type 1 Clad Proof - - $9.00 $5.20
1976 S Type 2 Clad Proof - - $10.00 $6.10
1976 S Silver Proof - B.V.  $15.00 $9.00
1977 $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $3.10
1977 D $1.30 $1.05 $5.00 $3.10
1977 S Clad Proof - - $10.00 $5.80
1978 $1.30 $1.05 $4.00 $2.40
1978 D $1.30 $1.05 $4.00 $2.40
1978 S Clad Proof - - $12.00 $7.30

B.V. = Bullion Value  (see: Current Intrinsic Metal Value of U.S. Silver Coins)
"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price
*= See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

These prices and values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News, Coin World, "The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins," "The Official Red Book; A Guide Book of United States Coins", The Coin Dealer Newsletter, published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

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