Eisenhower Dollar (Ike Dollars) Specifications and Details

Everything You Need to Know About Eisenhower/Ike Dollars

Eisenhower Dollars Both Obverse and Reverse; Regular Issue Reverse and Bicentennial Obverse and Reverse.
Eisenhower Dollars: Regular Issue (left) and Circulating Bicentennial Commemorative 1776-1976 (right). Images Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, www.ha.com

Background and History

In 1969 the United States beat the Russians to the moon with Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin being the first humans to leave their footprints there. The United States wanted to honor this accomplishment on a coin. Unfortunately, the cent, nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar, for one reason or another, were off-limits for redesign. Therefore, it was decided to revive the dollar coin that had not been minted since 1935.

The new one dollar coin would be the same diameter and approximately the same thickness as previous minted silver dollars but would be made of the copper-nickel clad base metal composition that is dictated by the Coinage Act of July 23, 1965. Mint engraver Frank Gasparro represented this historic event on the reverse by adapting the Apollo XI insignia from NASA. It was President Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower who authorized the creation of NASA in 1958 and was therefore chosen for the obverse of the coin.

In 1973, the Treasury Department began a contest to select the design to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War on the quarter, half dollar and one dollar coins. Dennis R. Williams' reverse design was selected on March 6, 1974 that superimposes the Liberty Bell on top of the moon. No coins dated 1975 were minted since production of the dual dated (1776 - 1976) Bicentennial Coinage began in 1975 in order to meet the public's demand for these new circulating commemorative coins.

Coin Values and Prices:

Detailed Specifications

Issuing GovernmentUnited States of America
$1.00 (One dollar)
Coinage Type Eisenhower One Dollar (a.k.a. Ike Dollar)
Mintage Dates 1971 to 1978
Production Facilities Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco
Mint Mark Location  Above the '7' in the date on the obverse.
Composition Clad: Outside: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel; Core: 100% Copper
Silver: Outer layers: 80% silver and 20% copper; Core: 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper (total: 40% silver)
Weight Clad: 22.680 grams
Silver: 24.592 grams
Weight Tolerance (+/-)Clad: 0.907 grams 
Silver: 0.984 grams
Actual Gold Weight  () 0.0000 Troy Ounces  (does not contain any gold)
Actual Silver Weight  (ASW)Clad: 0.0000 Troy Ounces (does not contain any silver)
Silver: 0.3162 Troy Ounces  
Actual Platinum Weight  () 0.0000 Troy Ounces  (does not contain any platinum)
Clad: 8.920
Silver: 9.530
Diameter38.10 mm 
Thickness 2.58 mm 
Edge TypeReeded
Regular Obverse and Reverse (1971-1974 and 1977-1978)
Obverse Description President Dwight Eisenhower facing left, with LIBERTY above and IN GOD WE TRUST to the lower left and the date at the bottom.
Obverse Designer Frank Gasparro
Reverse Description Eagle holding an olive branch, landing on the moon, with the earth in the background with 13 stars in the field. The inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM above. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR at the border.
Reverse Designer Frank Gasparro
(Krause-Mishler Catalog No.) Clad: 203
Silver: 203a
Bicentennial Obverse and Reverse (1976)
Obverse Description President Dwight Eisenhower facing left, with LIBERTY above and IN GOD WE TRUST to the lower left and the dual date 1776-1976 at the bottom.
Obverse Designer Frank Gasparro
Reverse Description Liberty Bell superimposed in front of the moon. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM appears to the lower right. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR separated by two stars surrounds.
Reverse Designer Dennis R. Williams
KM# (Krause-Mishler Catalog No.) Clad: 206
Silver: 206a
Notes No coins dated 1975 were minted. Minting of the Bicentennial coins began in 1975 and continued throughout 1976. They have the dual date of "1776-1976".

Production Years, Mints and Types

The Eisenhower Dollar was minted as indicated in the following table.  The table lists the years, strike type, mint facility where made, the mint mark used on the coin and a description of any type differences in coins minted for that year.

YearMintMint MarkType
1971Philadelphia Clad
1971San FranciscoSSilver
1971 ProofSan FranciscoSSilver
1972Philadelphia Clad Type I
(Low Relief)
1972Philadelphia Clad Type II
(High Relief)
1972Philadelphia Clad Type III
(Modified High Relief)
1972San FranciscoSSilver
1972 ProofSan FranciscoSSilver
1973Philadelphia Clad
1973San FranciscoSSilver
1973 ProofSan FranciscoSClad
1973 ProofSan FranciscoSSilver
1974Philadelphia Clad
1974San FranciscoSSilver
1974 ProofSan FranciscoSClad
1974 ProofSan FranciscoSSilver
YearMintMint MarkType
1976Philadelphia Bicentennial; Clad Type 1
(Thick letters reverse)
1976Philadelphia Bicentennial; Clad Type 2
(Thin letters reverse)
1976DenverDBicentennial; Clad Type 1
(Thick letters reverse)
1976DenverDBicentennial; Clad Type 2
(Thin letters reverse)
1976San FranciscoSBicentennial; Silver
1976 ProofSan FranciscoSBicentennial; Clad Type 1
(Thick letters reverse)
1976 ProofSan FranciscoSBicentennial; Clad Type 2
(Thin letters reverse)
1976 ProofSan FranciscoSBicentennial; Silver
1977Philadelphia Clad
1977 ProofSan FranciscoSClad
1978Philadelphia Clad
1978 ProofSan FranciscoSClad

Errors and Varieties

The following are popular errors and varieties that Eisenhower Dollar collectors look for. These coins usually carry a premium and are valued above a common coin.

YearMintMint MarkError/VarietyNotes/Description
1971 Silver ProofSan FranciscoSPartial Peg Leg "R"Part of the serif on the "R" in Liberty is missing.
See Eisenhower Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties for more information.
1971 Silver ProofSan FranciscoSPeg Leg "R"Missing the serif on the "R" in Liberty.
See Eisenhower Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties for more information.
1972Philadelphia Three different type of reverse dies were usedLook at the Earth on the reverse to distinguish between the three type.
See Eisenhower Dollars Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties for more information.

Mintage Figures

The following table lists mint production figures for the number of Eisenhower Dollars (Ike Dollars) produced at each mint facility. Where possible, production numbers by strike type are noted.

YearMintMint MarkMintageNotes
1971 CladPhiladelphia 47,799,000 
1971 CladDenverD68,587,424 
1971 SilverSan FranciscoS6,868,53040% silver
1971 Silver ProofSan FranciscoS4,265,23440% silver
1972 CladPhiladelphia 75,890,000 
1972 CladDenverD92,548,511 
1972 SilverSan FranciscoS2,193,05640% silver
1972 Silver ProofSan FranciscoS1,811,63140% silver
1973 CladPhiladelphia 1,769,258 
1973 CladDenverD1,769,258 
1973 Clad ProofSan FranciscoS2,760,339 
1973 SilverSan FranciscoS1,883,14040% silver
1973 Silver ProofSan FranciscoS1,013,64640% silver
1974 CladPhiladelphia 27,366,000 
1974 CladDenverD45,517,000 
1974 Clad ProofSan FranciscoS2,612,568 
1974 SilverSan FranciscoS1,900,15640% silver
1974 Silver ProofSan FranciscoS1,306,57940% silver
YearMintMint MarkMintageNotes
1976 Bicentennial; CladPhiladelphia 113,318,000 
1976 Bicentennial; CladPhiladelphia 4,019,000 
1976 Bicentennial; CladDenverD82,179,564 
1976 Bicentennial; CladDenverD21,048,710 
1976 Bicentennial; SilverSan FranciscoS4,908,31940% silver
1976 Bicentennial; Clad ProofSan FranciscoS4,149,730 
1976 Bicentennial; Silver ProofSan FranciscoS3,998,62140% silver
1976 Bicentennial; Clad ProofSan FranciscoS2,845,450 
1977 CladPhiladelphia 12,596,000 
1977 CladDenverD32,983,006 
1977 Clad ProofSan FranciscoS3,251,152 
1978 CladPhiladelphia 25,702,000 
1978 CladDenverD33,102,890 
1978 Clad ProofSan FranciscoS3,127,781 

Suggested Books on Eisenhower Dollars

  • Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins; Walter Breen; Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (May 1, 1988); ISBN-10: 0385142072; ISBN-13: 978-0385142076
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  • The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume II; Fivaz, Bill and J.T. Stanton; Publisher: Whitman Publishing, Atlanta (2011); ISBN-10: 0794832393; ISBN-13: 978-0794832391
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  • The Authoritative Reference on Eisenhower Dollars, 2nd Edition [Paperback] by John Wexler; Publisher: Kyle Vick; 2nd edition (2007); {212 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, 1,000+ photos}; ISBN-10: 0967965594 ; ISBN-13: 978-0967965598
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  • Little Book of Collectible Eisenhower Dollars [Paperback] by Bill Sanders; Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 24, 2011); ISBN-10: 1463626959; ISBN-13: 978-1463626952
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  • Collectible Ike Varieties - Facts, Photos and Theories; Publisher: Lulu (November 28, 2011; ISBN-10: 1257973347; ISBN-13: 978-1257973347; ASIN: B00588AK4U

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