|Eisenhower Dollars (1971-78)|
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The Eisenhower Dollar is a dollar coin issued by the United States government from 19711978 struck to celebrate Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died in 1969, and the Apollo 11 moon landing of the same year. The Eisenhower Dollar followed the Peace Dollar and both the obverse and the reverse of the coin were designed by Frank Gasparro. It is also called the Ike Dollar or the Eisenhower Liberty Dollar.
Eisenhower Dollars were struck with a copper-nickel composition for circulation and was the first U S one dollar coins not to be struck in a precious metal, although special collectors' issues were struck at the San Francisco Mint in a silver-copper composition. Special Bicentennial issues were minted in 1975 and 1976. The winning design for the dollar's reverse was submitted by Dennis R. Williams, whose clever concept of the Liberty Bell superimposed on the moon provided a link between past and present (his initials DRW are found to the right of the bell's clapper).
Some Eisenhower Dollars were minted in a 40% silver clad to be sold to coin collectors. All of these coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint, with dates 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1976. These coins were either uncirculated or proof. Uncirculated coins came in cellophane with a blue plastic token in a blue envelope referred to as 'Blue Ikes'.
Mintmarks appear above the third and fourth numbers in the date under Eisenhower's neck. Mintmarks include:
SPECIFICATIONS: Diameter: 38.1 millimeters Thickness 2 mm , Edge: Reeded
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