Eisenhower Dollar Values and Prices
Eisenhower Dollars are the last of the big and bold coins produced by the United States Mint for circulation. These coins never circulated widely in most of the United States. However, some were used in the casinos on the west coast of the United States. They were also called "Ike Dollars" after the late president's popular nickname.
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History of the Eisenhower Dollar
The United States Mint minted them from 1971 through 1978. There were many special strikings in different finishes and compositions that were marketed especially to coin collectors. Frank Gasparro designed this coin to honor both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the first landing of a man on the moon in 1969. The obverse features a portrait bust of the late president facing right. The reverse is an adaptation of the official Apollo 11's mission insignia.
During its eight-year production run, the United States Mint modified the dies several times by changing the relief and strengthening some of the design elements. These changes in 1972 resulted in three different die varieties. One of them is rare and actively sought after by collectors.
A special reverse design was implemented to celebrate the nation's Bicentennial. The Treasury Secretary selected Dennis R. Williams' design featuring a rendition of the Liberty Bell superimposed on the moon. This reverse design celebrated both the recent moon landings and the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The mint began production of these dual-dated bicentennial coins of 1776-1976 in 1975 to meet the anticipated demand of collectors across the country. Therefore there are no Eisenhower dollars dated 1975.
Although they do not circulate anymore, occasionally people will bring rolls of them into their local bank to exchange for paper money. Therefore, uncirculated coins sell for a premium over the circulated coins. Identifying key dates, rarities, and varieties for Ike dollars is an important skill for serious coin collectors.
Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties
The following Eisenhower dollars command a small premium above the more common Eisenhower dollars.
1972 Type 2 Reverse Uncirculated
The Philadelphia mint created three different Eisenhower dollar reverses. They are known as type one, two, and three. The second type is the hardest to acquire. The easiest way to recognize this coin is to look at the small image of the earth on the reverse of the coin. If the three islands below Florida are almost nonexistent, then this is the rare Type II variety.
1976 Bicentennial Type 1 and 2 Reverse
This coin is not rare nor is it a key date, but there are two different varieties. Notice the difference in the thickness of the lettering in the United States of America. The reverse that has the thicker letters around the circumference of the coin, is the Type I coin. These coins were minted in 1975 in order to produce more coins for the Bicentennial. The coins produced in 1976, Type II, had a narrow thinner letter which made it easier to produce.
Condition or Grade
If your coin is worn and exhibits evidence of circulation in commerce, it is considered a circulated coin. However, if your coin has no evidence of wear and its surfaces are pristine, it is considered an uncirculated coin.
The United States Mint produced Eisenhower (Ike) Dollars at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S). The mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, just below the truncation of President Eisenhower's portrait and just above the date.
Eisenhower Dollars Average Prices and Values
The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and the sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and some other factors that determine its worth.
|Date & Mint||Circ. Buy||Circ. Sell||Unc. Buy||Unc. Sell|
|1971-S Slv. Proof Proof||-||-||$14.00||$10.50|
|1971-S Slv. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$15.00||$12.50|
|1971-S Slv. Pr Deep Cameo Proof||-||-||$16.00||$11.00|
|1972 Type 1||$2.00||$1.20||$16.00||$12.00|
|1972 Type 2 *||$20.00||$17.50||$100.00||$85.00|
|1972 Type 3||$2.00||$1.05||$12.00||$8.00|
|1972-S Slv. Proof Proof||-||-||$14.00||$12.00|
|1972-S Slv. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$15.00||$11.00|
|1972-S Slv. Pr Deep Cameo Proof||-||-||$15.00||$11.00|
|1973-S Slv. Proof Proof||-||-||$13.00||$9.40|
|1973-S Slv. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$14.80||$10.80|
|1973-S Slv. Pr Deep Cameo Proof||-||-||$20.00||$14.00|
|1973-S Cl. Proof Proof||-||-||$7.50||$5.50|
|1973-S Cl. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$8.50||$6.00|
|1973-S Cl. Pr Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$11.50||$8.00|
|1974-S Slv. Proof Proof||-||-||$13.00||$9.00|
|1974-S Slv. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$15.00||$10.00|
|1974-S Slv. Pr Deep Cameo Proof||-||-||$15.00||$11.00|
|1974-S Cl. Proof Proof||-||-||$7.75||$5.00|
|1974-S Cl. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$8.00||$5.75|
|1974-S Cl. Pr Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$10.00||$6.50|
|Date & Mint||Circ. Buy||Circ. Sell||Unc. Buy||Unc. Sell|
|1976 Type 1||$2.00||$1.20||$7.30||$5.10|
|1976 Type 2||$2.00||$1.20||$4.70||$3.40|
|1976-D Type 1||$2.00||$1.20||$6.10||$4.40|
|1976-D Type 2||$2.00||$1.20||$4.80||$3.30|
|1976-S Cl. Pr Type 1 Proof||-||-||$7.20||$5.20|
|1976-S Cl. Pr Type 1 Cam Proof||-||-||$8.30||$5.50|
|1976-S Cl. Pr Type 1 Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$9.60||$6.60|
|1976-S Cl. Pr Type 2 Proof||-||-||$6.90||$5.00|
|1976-S Cl. Pr Type 2 Cam Proof||-||-||$7.60||$5.60|
|1976-S Cl. Pr Type 2 Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$8.80||$6.20|
|1976-S Slv. Proof Proof||-||-||$13.20||$9.00|
|1976-S Slv. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$15.00||$11.00|
|1976-S Slv. Pr Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$15.00||$10.00|
|1977-S Cl. Proof Proof||-||-||$7.30||$5.10|
|1977-S Cl. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$8.80||$6.50|
|1977-S Cl. Pr Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$10.30||$7.10|
|1978-S Cl. Proof Proof||-||-||$8.50||$5.70|
|1978-S Cl. Pr Cameo Proof||-||-||$10.10||$7.40|
|1978-S Cl. Pr Deep Cam Proof||-||-||$11.00||$7.30|
Total Coins: 21
Total Coins: 7
B.V. = Bullion value (see: current intrinsic metal value of U.S. silver coins)
F.V. = Face value
- = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties" for more information on these coins.
Eisenhower Silver Dollar Values & Price Chart
Like Ike? Plenty of coin collectors do! A growing number of numismatists are building sets of Eisenhower dollars.
Read below for a full list of Eisenhower dollar prices.
The Eisenhower dollar was struck from 1971 through 1978 and was intended for regular commerce. Ultimately it failed to see the light of day as a circulating coin beyond the casinos of Las Vegas.
Few people knew back in the 1970s that the Eisenhower dollar would be the last circulating large-size dollar coin in the United States.
Today, it's become one of the top modern collectible coins, and for good reason. Ike dollars constitute a relatively short series with many unusual varieties to collect.
What Are Eisenhower Dollars Worth?
Eisenhower dollars appeal to collectors on a variety of budgets. Many pieces challenge even financially well-heeled collectors. Prices for some key date Ike dollars reach into the thousands of dollars.
Nonetheless, the majority of Eisenhower dollars are much more affordable to obtain. What follows is an Eisenhower dollar price guide. The values reflect examples in MS-63 (uncirculated) and Proof-65 grades.
Eisenhower Dollar Price Chart
|Date||Composition & Finish||Price|
|1971||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$4|
|1971-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1971-S||40% Silver Clad Uncirculated||$10|
|1971-S||40% Silver Clad Proof||$11|
|1972||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1972-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1972-S||40% Silver Clad Uncirculated||$10|
|1972-S||40% Silver Clad Proof||$11|
|1973||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$10|
|1973-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$10|
|1973-S||Copper-Nickel Clad Proof||$11|
|1973-S||40% Silver Clad Uncirculated||$11|
|1973-S||40% Silver Clad Proof||$30|
|1974||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$4.50|
|1974-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$4.50|
|1974-S||Copper-Nickel Clad Proof||$5|
|1974-S||40% Silver Clad Uncirculated||$11|
|1974-S||40% Silver Clad Proof||$13|
|1776–1976||Copper-Nickel Clad Variety I (Thick Reverse Letting) Uncirculated||$6|
|1776–1976||Copper-Nickel Clad Variety II (Serifed Lettering) Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1776–1976-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Variety I Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1776–1976-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Variety II Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1776–1976-S||Copper-Nickel Clad Variety I Proof||$8|
|1776–1976-S||Copper-Nickel Clad Variety II Proof||$6|
|1776–1976-S||Silver Clad Variety I Uncirculated||$14|
|1776–1976-S||Silver Clad Variety I Proof||$17|
|1977||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1977-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1977-S||Copper-Nickel Clad Proof||$4|
|1978||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.75|
|1978-D||Copper-Nickel Clad Uncirculated||$3.50|
|1978-S||Copper-Nickel Clad Proof||$4|
All the values listed above represent typical specimens. These have regular surface quality for their respective grades and conditions.
Better pieces command significantly higher premiums than the prices listed above. This is due to the difficulty of locating Eisenhower dollars (mainly clad business strikes) with few marks.
How the Eisenhower Dollar Was Created
United States Mint Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro created the coin's design. The first Eisenhower dollars were struck in 1971.
Cupro-nickel clad versions were produced at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint for circulation. Meanwhile, 40% silver examples were made in San Francisco as proofs for collectors.
Copper-nickel S-mint proofs didn't come around until 1973. This was the first year that regular uncirculated sets and proof sets included the Eisenhower dollar.
In 1975, the U.S. Mint began producing special commemorative circulating Eisenhower dollars honoring the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
These Bicentennial dollars showcase a dual-dating feature declaring 1776–1976 on the obverse. The reverse design by Dennis Williams features the Liberty Bell superimposed on the Moon.
The standard Eisenhower dollar reverse and obverse dating resumed in 1977. Yet the end was in sight for the coin in 1978.
The public deemed the Eisenhower dollar too large. Americans were unwilling to carry large numbers of the heavy dollar coins during a period of runaway inflation.
40% Silver Eisenhower Dollar
The large dollar coin had failed to circulate well and was thus retired before 1979. This was when the Susan B. Anthony dollar, also designed by Gasparro, entered circulation.
However, the Susan B. Anthony dollar never caught on with the public, either. It was retired shortly after that in 1981. It returned for a one-year stint a general later in 1999 before being put out to numismatic pasture for good.
Collecting Eisenhower Dollars
The vast majority of hobbyists who collect Eisenhower dollars aim to complete a 32-coin set. It consists of all the regular-issue business-strike and proof coins. This includes the 40% silver Ikes dated 1971-S, 1972-S, 1973-S, 1974-S, and 1976-S.
Tricky Ikes: Only a small percentage of the total Eisenhower dollar mintage is 40% silver. Image source: Reddit user rddt1983
Such a set can be completed with coins in typical uncirculated and proof grades for less than $500. That includes the 40% silver key dates mentioned above.
Collectors with deeper pockets will add a much more expensive dimension to their Ike dollar objectives. They often pursue each of the regular-issue clad coins in Gem grades. They target proofs that grade Proof-67 or higher. Many will also seek the abundance of scarce varieties known for this series.
Proof Eisenhower Dollar
Surprisingly, clad business strikes in grades of MS-65 to MS-66 or better are among the most valuable Eisenhower dollars. There are few such Ikes that grade MS-68 or better.
The United States Mint took little care in handling or transporting these large, heavy circulating dollar coins. Understanding this, it becomes clearer why clad Ikes in Gem condition are so tough to locate. Most of the rarest Gem examples trade for more than $1,000 today.
Top-end proofs are not nearly as rare as their high-grade clad business-strike counterparts. They are tough to find with full cameo frosting, however. The 40% silver Ikes are among the easiest examples to find in grades of Proof-69 or Proof-70.
Meanwhile, deep cameo contrast is most common on the 1977-S and 1978-S Eisenhower dollars. This originated from a period when deep cameo frosting was becoming more the norm rather than the exception for U.S. proof coinage.
1972 Eisenhower Variety
The Eisenhower dollar boasts a wide array of varieties. Those who collect design varieties have plenty to love.
The most popular varieties are found among 1972 Ikes. It showcases at least three different versions of planet Earth on the reverse design.
Type I is a relatively low-relief variety showing three islands to the right of Florida.
Type II, the scarcest of these three varieties, shows no islands below Florida. (Water lines are in their place instead.)
Type III shows three islands below and to the left of Florida.
Clearly, there are some geography issues at hand with these varieties. They keep collectors busy!
Several other exciting oddities are out there. This includes various doubled dies and the rare 1974-D and 1977-D 40% silver transitional wrong-metal strikes.
There are numerous avenues in the Eisenhower dollar series that one can take. So many collectors have devoted their entire numismatic careers just to the Eisenhower dollar.
These modern clad coins offer a multitude of rewarding opportunities for collecting, research, and discovery—enough to satisfy even the most passionate of dedicated collectors for a lifetime!
Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez is a journalist, editor, and blogger who has won multiple awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild. He has also authored numerous books, including works profiling the history of the United States Mint and United States coinage.
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1976 was the last year that Eisenhower "Ike" dollars were minted. The 1776-1976 Eisenhower silver dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.
Type: Eisenhower Dollar
Face Value: $1.00
Composition: 60% copper, 40% silver
Silver Weight: .3161 oz.
Total Weight: 24.59 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $7.55
This coin has a special design on the reverse side of the coin to celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States. The bicentennial marks the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The reverse side of the coin features the Liberty Bell along with the moon. The obverse side of the coin features the same design as the Ike dollar series from previous years.
The US minted the 1776-1976 S Eisenhower silver dollar as an uncirculated coin and also as a proof coin. Most of the coins minted were proof coins. The mint mark can be found above the date.
It's important to note that not every 1776-1976 Eisenhower dollar is a silver coin. The US also minted the 1776-1976 Eisenhower copper-nickel clad coin with no mint mark, the 1776-1976 D Eisenhower copper-nickel clad coin, and the 1776-1976 S Eisenhower copper-nickel clad coin.
It's relatively easy to tell the difference between the silver clad coins and the copper-nickel clad coins. The silver coins will look shinier, and they will also weigh more. The silver coins weigh 24.59 grams compared to the copper-nickel coins that weigh 22.68 grams.
|Series||Location||Quantity Minted||1776-1976 S, Silver Clad||San Francisco||11,000,000|
This coin, regardless of condition, is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $7.55 as of October 30, 2021. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $23.89 per ounce.
The standard 1776-1976 silver dollar is worth around $18 in MS 63 choice uncirculated condition. In MS 65 gem uncirculated condition the price rises to around $22.
The 1776-1976 proof silver dollar is worth around $20 in PR 65 condition. There were 4,000,000 proof coins minted.
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MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.
MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.
PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.
The Red Book
1974 Silver Dollar
1973 Silver Dollar
1972 Silver Dollar
1976 Eisenhower Dollar
In 1975, the United States began minting Eisenhower dollars with the dual dates 1776-1976, which mark the occasion of the United States bicentennial. The 200th birthday of our nation’s founding sparked gala ceremonies all around the United States on July 4, 1976, and the lead-up to the special birthday prompted the United States to memorialize the event on the dollar coin, which bore a special design featuring the moon superimposed by the Liberty Bell.
There were two styles of the bicentennial dollar reverse; these are called Type I and Type II dollars. Type I dollars exhibit thick, sans-serif lettering, while the Type II pieces show more refined, serif-style letters. The copper-nickel clad dollar coins feature both styles, but the 40 percent 1976 dollars were minted and released only with the Type I design, which was struck in 1975.
11,000,000 uncirculated 1976-S 40 percent silver dollars were minted while 4,000,000 proof versions of the 1776-1976 S silver dollar were produced. In general, when silver content is worth around $20 per ounce, uncirculated 40 percent silver bicentennial dollars cost around $14 and proofs carry a $20 price tag.
While you can buy silver bicentennial dollars individually, they are available in special, 3-piece uncirculated and proof sets that were assembled by the United States Mint. These sets include the 1776-1976 quarter and half dollar, which also display special bicentennial-themed designs.Average Sale: $26.00
Other Years From This Coin Series
Dollar value silver 1976
Are Bicentennial Eisenhower dollars worth anything?
1976 Eisenhower Dollar Clad bicentennial dollars in Mint State are much rarer in high grades than Proof clad coins that are common through PF69. Except for 1976 Type 1 that is worth $1,500 in MS66, most of the others are $55 in that grade, and all are rare in MS67 – especially the 1976-D Type 1, which is worth $11,500.
Where is the mint mark on a 1776-1976 silver dollar?
|Years of minting||1971–1978. Coins struck in 1975 and 1976 bear double date “1776–1976”|
|Mint marks||D, S. Located on the obverse beneath Eisenhower’s bust. Mint mark omitted on Philadelphia Mint issues.|
|Design||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
How much is a bicentennial dollar worth today?
In general, when silver content is worth around $20 per ounce, uncirculated 40 percent silver bicentennial dollars cost around $14 and proofs carry a $20 price tag.
Which Eisenhower dollars are worth money?
The 1971-S you want to look for what’s called the “Peg Leg” (a small tails extends off the R in LIBERTY) and those can sell for $50 in MS64. In 1972 you want look for the Type 2 Earth and the Type 3, but the Type 2 is the most valuable variety and can be worth over $1,000 in MS65.
How much is a 1776 to 1976 bicentennial quarter worth?
The standard 1776-1976 clad quarters in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.25. These coins only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition. The 1776-1976 quarter with no mint mark and the 1776-1976 D quarter are each worth around $1.25 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade.
How do I know if my bicentennial quarter is worth money?
If you find circulated 1776-1976 quarters either with no mintmark (those were made in Philadelphia) or the “D” (Denver) mintmark in pocket change, they’re worth face value – 25 cents. If you find a 1776-1976 quarter with an “S” (San Francisco) mintmark, it’s either a proof specimen or a 40% silver Bicentennial quarter.
How can you tell if a bicentennial quarter is silver?
The simplest method to find out if your quarter is silver is to check the date. It will appear on the front (obverse) of the coin. Any quarter with a date earlier than 1965 will be silver. You can also check the edge (the “side”) of the coin.
Is there Silver in a bicentennial quarter?
And this 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter isn’t just any quarter… it’s a Proof from San Francisco created especially for collectors. Instead of the usual copper-nickel clad, this quarter was minted in 40% silver.
Will a magnet stick to silver?
“Silver is not noticeably magnetic, and exhibits only weak magnetic effects unlike iron, nickel, cobalt, and the like,” says Martin. “If your magnet sticks strongly to the piece, it has a ferromagnetic core and is not silver.” Fake silver or silver-plated items are generally made of other metals.
Why is the 1922 silver dollar worth so much?
The larger the coin is, the more pressure that must be used to strike it. Mint workers at the Philadelphia mint in 1922 failed to recognize a deteriorating die. The crack in the die on the reverse side resulted in a blob of metal below the eagle and above the word DOLLAR.
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