Eisenhower Dollars, 1971-1978
Designed by Chief Engraver of the Mint Frank Gasparro, the Eisenhower, also known as the “Ike” Dollar, honors President Dwight D. Eisenhower and man’s first landing on the moon. The reverse design is actually an adaptation of the official Apollo 11 insignia. With the innovation of the small-sized Anthony Dollar, and the public’s general opposition to $1 coins, it is very likely that the Ike Dollar will be the last large-sized dollar struck by the Mint.
Over its eight-year lifespan, the Ike Dollar has been modified several times, mainly to strengthen the design. Slight changes in the coin’s relief were made in 1971 and 1977.
- 1971-1978 Eisenhower, Clad Type
- 1971-1974 Eisenhower, Silver, Clad
- 1976 Eisenhower, Bicentennial, Clad
- 1976 Eisenhower, Bicentennial, Silver, Clad Type
All coins for circulation were struck in a copper-nickel composition, while proofs were struck in both a copper-nickel and a 40% silver composition. The scarcest Ike Dollars are the 1973 and 1973-D regular issues and the 1973-S 40% silver proof. Much rarer than these, however, are the Denver Mint Ikes of 1974 (30 known) and 1977 (15 known) which were struck on 40% silver blanks in error.