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EISENHOWER DOLLARS 1971-1978

The design of the Eisenhower dollar honors both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the first landing of man on the moon. The designer is Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro whose initials are on the truncation and below the eagle. The reverse is an adaptation of the official Apollo 11 insignia. Collectors' coins were struck in 40% silver composition, and the circulation issue is copper-nickel.

Eisenhower Dollar

Mint Mark Location

Mint Mark Location on Eisenhower Dollar

Since 1971, the dies for the Eisenhower dollar have been modified several times by changing the relief, strengthening the design and making the world above the eagle more clearly defined. A few 1974D and 1977D dollars in silver clad composition were made in error.

Specifics:

Silver Issue
Weight: 24.56 grams
Composition: outer layers of .800 silver, .200 copper bonded to inner core of .209 silver, .791 copper.
Copper-Nickel Issue
Weight: 22.68 grams
Composition: outer layers of .750 copper, .250 nickel bonded to inner core of pure copper.
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Edge: Reeded
Quantity minted: 485,225,702
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
Designer: Frank Gasparro
• Average coin values of common dates - EF-40: $1.75


BICENTENNIAL COINAGE Dated 1776-1976

The national significance of the Bicentennial of the United States was highlighted with the adoption of new reverse designs for the quarter, half dollar and dollar. Nearly a thousand entries were submitted for an open contest of the new designs. The judges chose the rendition of the Liberty Bell superimposed on the moon to appear on the dollar coins. This design is the work of Dennis R. Williams.

The obverse remained unchanged except for the dual date 1776-1976, which appeared on all dollars made during 1975 and 1976. The lettering was modified early in 1975 to produce a more attractive design. The dollars were struck in two varieties: Variety 1 shows design in low relief with bold lettering on reverse, Variety 2 shows sharp design with delicate lettering on reverse.

Dollar Eisenhower Bicentennial

Specifics:

Silver Issue
Weight: 24.59 grams
Composition: outer layers of .800 silver, .200 copper bonded to inner core of .209 silver, .791 copper.

Copper-Nickel Issue
Weight: 22.68 grams
Composition: outer layers of .750 copper, .250 nickel bonded to inner core of pure copper.

Diameter: 38.1 mm
Edge: Reeded
Quantity minted: 114,874,454
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
Designers: Frank Gasparro and Dennis R. Williams
• Average coin values of common dates - EF-40: $1.75



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(Sources: Encyclopedia Of U.S. Coins by Mort Reed and The Official Red Book of United States Coins by R.S. Yeoman.)