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(1971-1978) Eisenhower “Ike” Dollar

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Dwight D. Eisenhower considered by many as one of the ten greatest U.S. presidents, was Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and after the war, was elected to and served as president of the United States from 1953 until 1961.  He is also largely credited for ending the Korean war.

Affectionately referred to by some as the “Ike” dollar, the Eisenhower dollar was circulated between 1971 and 1978. In 1976, a special bicentennial commemorative version of the dollar was minted. Most Eisenhower dollars were constructed of the copper with a nickel clad exterior, and contained no silver.  A small subset of Eisenhower dollars were produced for collectors from 1971 to 1976, which included around 40% silver.  While the dollar was never fully embraced by the public due to its size and weight, casinos were especially fond of the coin and to this day casino tokens are used having similar size and weight.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Eisenhower Dollar?  As you might suspect, it depends. The Eisenhower Dollar coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) whether it is the 40% silver version, (4) scarcity/demand and (5) the mint (S for San Francisco and D for Denver). Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short.  Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Eisenhower dollar coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all four factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Eisenhower Dollar, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Mint Years: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978

Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar - Obverse

Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar - Reverse

Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar - Obverse

Designer:  Frank Gasparro

Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar - Reverse

Designer:  Dennis R. Williams

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Eisenhower Dollar - Obverse

Eisenhower Dollar - Reverse

Eisenhower Dollar - Obverse

Designer:  Frank Gasparro

Eisenhower Dollar - Reverse

Designer:  Frank Gasparro

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    In 1969, a congressional bill was introduced authorizing a dollar coin to to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Apollo 11 mission.  The congressional bill ultimately passed at the end of the year, 1970. The Eisenhower dollars were struck and entered circulation in 1971.

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