Eisenhower dollars were struck to commemorate Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died in 1969, and the Apollo 11 moon landing of the same year. It was annually minted for only eight years. Special Bicentennial issues were minted in 1975 and 1976.
The reverse design was recycled (in shrunken form) for the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979 and remained on the dollar coin until 1999, when that dollar was replaced by the Sacagawea dollar in 2000, which did not continue the design.
Although once considered a marginal set to collect, Eisenhower dollars have significantly gained in popularity with collectors in recent years. In part, this is due to the large size of the coin and the fact that Morgan "silver" dollars went out of production in 1921 - a set that is relatively expensive to complete in high grades. Conversely, complete sets of high-grade Eisenhower dollars can be obtained for a modest price.
Special reverses were added to all quarter dollar, half dollar, and dollar coins minted in 1975 and 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of America's independence. In addition, the date was shown as 1776-1976 for the quarters, half dollars, and dollars minted in 1975 and 1976. There are no 1975 dated quarters, halves, or dollars.
The reverse of the Eisenhower dollar was designed by Dennis R. Williams and shows the Liberty Bell in front of the moon. His initials appear to the right below the Bell.
- Circulation strikes: 117,337,000
- Proofs: 4
- Designer: Obverse by Frank Gasparro; Reverse by Dennis R. Williams
- Diameter: 38.5 millimeters
- Metal Content:
- Outer layers - 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
- Center - 100% Copper
- Weight: 350 grains (22.7 grams)
- Edge: Reeded