1776 To 1976 Silver Dollar Value

1976 P Eisenhower Dollar 40% Silver - Type 2 - No 'S' - Unique: Coin Value Prices, Price Chart, Coin Photos, Mintage Figures, Coin Melt Value, Metal Composition, Mint Mark Location, Statistics & Facts. Buy & Sell This Coin. This page also shows coins listed for sale so you can buy and sell. The standard 1776-1976 silver dollar is worth around $17 in MS 63 choice uncirculated condition. In MS 65 gem uncirculated condition the price rises to around $20. The 1776-1976 proof silver dollar is worth around $19 in PR 65 condition. There were 4,000,000. 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. From 1971 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1978, the Apollo 11 design was used for the coin's reverse. But in 1976, all quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins were switched to a special design commemorating the nation's bicentennial. The 1776-1976 Eisenhower Dollar featured t he Liberty Bell superimposed upon the moon.

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.

Specifications

Type: Eisenhower Dollar
Year: 1976
Face Value: $1.00
Composition: 60% copper, 40% silver
Silver Weight: .3161 oz.
Total Weight: 24.59 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.61

This coin has a special design on the reverse side of the coin to celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States. 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.

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.

SeriesLocationQuantity Minted
1776-1976 S, Silver CladSan Francisco11,000,000

Value

This coin, regardless of condition, is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.61 as of February 09, 2021. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $27.23 per ounce.

The standard 1776-1976 silver dollar is worth around $17 in MS 63 choice uncirculated condition. In MS 65 gem uncirculated condition the price rises to around $20.

The 1776-1976 proof silver dollar is worth around $19 in PR 65 condition. There were 4,000,000 proof coins minted.

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Grading System

Dollar

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.

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See also:

1974 Silver Dollar
1973 Silver Dollar
1972 Silver Dollar

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In previous articles, we've explained how to value earlier series of U.S silver dollars, like Morgan and Peace Dollars (minted 1878-1935) as well as Trade Dollars(1873-1885). In today's article, we're going to discuss a more modern dollar coin — the Eisenhower Dollar, minted from 1971-1978.


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History of the Eisenhower Dollar

Originally struck from 1971 to 1978, Eisenhower Dollars (or 'Ikes') were the first large-size dollar coins to be produced by the U.S. Mint since the end of the Peace Dollar series in 1935.

As you might guess from the name, Eisenhower Dollars were created to commemorate President Dwight Eisenhower, whose portrait is featured on the obverse (front) side of the coin.

Eisenhower Silver Dollar Value Chart

Eisenhower was selected in part because of his political party affiliation. Republicans in Congress agreed that the Mint needed a coin commemorating a Republican president, as the Democrats had recently secured a spot for President Kennedy on the half dollar (replacing Benjamin Franklin).

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The coin's reverse features the Apollo 11 insignia, an eagle landing on the moon while grasping an olive branch, in commemoration of the first Apollo mission moon landing in 1969. The coin's designer, Frank Gasparro, was ordered to change his original design of the eagle because it was 'too fierce and too warlike', and reluctantly updated it to make the eagle look friendlier.

Unlike Peace Dollars and Morgan Dollars, Eisenhower dollars were minted in a copper-nickel alloy rather than a 90% silver 10% copper alloy.

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By the 1970's, silver prices had risen to the point where striking general circulation coins from silver was no longer cost-effective. Prior to 1965, all dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars coins were produced in a 90% silver 10% copper alloy. This proved a point of contention for Congress—several congressmen argued that producing the new dollar coin in copper-nickel instead of silver would be a dishonor to Eisenhower's memory.

But eventually a compromise was reached. All Eisenhower Dollars produced for general circulation would be struck in copper-nickel, while the Mint would also sell dollar coins with a special 40% silver alloy to collectors for a small premium.

As a result, most Ikes aren't true 'silver dollars.' But the upside of that is that Eisenhower dollars are much more affordable than their 90% silver predecessors.

There are two different reverse designs within the Eisenhower series. From 1971 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1978, the Apollo 11 design was used for the coin's reverse. But in 1976, all quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins were switched to a special design commemorating the nation's bicentennial. The 1776-1976 Eisenhower Dollar featured the Liberty Bell superimposed upon the moon.

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Values

(Values derived from the Red Book, the definitive price guide for U.S. coins). College football line changes.

Circulated Condition means a coin with signs of wear or marks, from being circulated/used by the general public.

Uncirculated Condition means a coin with bright original mint luster and no signs of wear. See the picture below for a visual comparison of the two.

As you can see, most Eisenhower dollars are readily available and are worth little more than face value. However, there are a few more valuable coins that are well worth keeping an eye out for.

Rare Eisenhower Dollars

While all Ikes intended for general circulation were struck in copper-nickel, the U.S. Mint also struck a number of S-mintmark coins (produced at the San Francisco mint) for collectors in 40% silver (each containing 1/3rd ounce pure silver). Not all S-mint Ikes are silver though, as the 1977-S and 1978-S Eisenhower dollars were both produced in copper-nickel.

The silver coins can be identified by their lighter color (see copper-nickel vs silver). A simple way to determine whether your Ike is silver or copper-nickel is the tissue test, as demonstrated below.

Simply place a facial tissue on top of your dollar coin and see whether the color that shines through is darker or lighter. The coin on the left is silver-clad, whereas the darker one on the right is copper-nickel.

There is also one copper-nickel coin variety that commands a premium. The rare 1972 'Type 2' design variety with no mintmark is worth upwards of $30 in all conditions. Type 2 dollars are identified by the details of Earth, above the eagle on the reverse side of the coin. Next to the outline of Florida there are no distinguishable islands on Type 2 Ikes. On the less valuable Type 1 and Type 2 1972 dollars, there are distinct islands in the Caribbean. No other years in the Eisenhower Dollar series besides the 1972 feature the rare Type 2 design.

Here's a picture to illustrate the difference - note the small islands visible within the red circles on the Type 1 and Type 3 coins, while the Type 2 coin shows no distinct islands.

The Type 2 design is rough and undefined, with a barely distinguishable outline of the east coast, while small dots/islands can be spotted off the coast of Florida on the Type 1 and Type 3 designs. This can be tough to spot, so make sure you're using a magnifying glass or a jeweler's loupe to be sure.

Outside of the 1972 Type 2 and the silver Ikes, there are no real rarities within the series. Proof coins, specially produced by the U.S. Mint with mirrored surfaces and sold to collectors, are generally only worth a small premium.

But the lack of keydates means that a nice set of Eisenhower Dollars is easily attainable no matter what your budget.

Last updated 8/7/2018

Max Breitenbach has been collecting U.S., foreign, and ancient coins for two decades, and has been writing about them for nearly as long! Max is a regular guest blogger on CoinWeek.com. He is currently working on a collection of European silver crowns and is working on finishing his U.S. type set collection (hopefully sometime within the next century!).
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