Good morning folks!
I made it back from vacation safe and sound. Laundry done, bags emptied, and now fully rested. In my last blog, I talked about the Philadelphia and Denver bicentennial Eisenhower dollars (Part 1). There are a total of 8 bicentennial Eisenhower dollars. We talked about the four of them last time, so today let's take a look at the four.
To quote the Eisenhower dollar guide (https://eisenhowerdollarguide.com/1976-eisenhower-dollar/) "The 1976 Eisenhower Dollar featured a new reverse design issued to celebrate bicentennial of the American Revolution. The redesign of the denomination was authorized by Congress, along with the requirement that coins issued between July 4, 1975 and January 1, 1977 should carry the date â€ś1776-1976â€ť rather than the date of mintage. A national contest was held to solicit Bicentennial coinage designs from the public. There were 884 entries received with bicentennial designs for the dollar, half dollar, and quarter. The winning entry for the Eisenhower Dollar was submitted by Dennis R. Williams, who at the time of selection was a 22 year old student majoring in sculpture. He was awarded $5,000 for his design featuring the Liberty Bell extending over the moon." The specifications for these coins are the same as for the others: weight, 22.68 grams (clad), 24.59 grams (silver), diameter 38.1 mm, with a reeded edge. At the San Francisco mint, authorization was provided to strike up to 45 million dollar coins in a composition of 40% silver. Proof and uncirculated versions of the Washington Quarter, Kennedy Half Dollar, and Eisenhower Dollar were produced and sold to collectors in 3 coin silver uncirculated or proof sets. Orders were accepted by the US Mint starting November 15, 1974, with shipment beginning after July 4, 1975. This 3 coin set is pictured on my Eisenhower dollar collection page.
The mintage for these 4 coins are as follows: 1976-S silver, 4,908,319, 1976-S silver proof, 3,998,621, 1976-S Type1, clad proof, 4,149,730 and the 1976-S Type2, clad proof with the same mintage as the Type 1, 4,149,730. This is a very short series to collect. Per the Eisenhower dollar guide "The Eisenhower Dollar was issued from 1971 to 1978. The obverse of the coin features Dwight D. Eisenhower and the reverse is based on the Apollo 11 mission insignia. For circulation, the coins were struck in copper-nickel clad composition, although â€śsilver dollarsâ€ť were also produced and issued for collectors. Despite the short duration of the series, the different compositions, varieties, and conditional rarities provide complexity and challenge for collectors." I still need the 1977 and 1978 coins to finish my collection. It reminds me of a picture that I took on vacation which I will include with the pictures of these beautiful coins.
As always, stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free. I hope everyone has the opportunity to take a few days to recharge their batteries and look at life through a new lens.
P.S. The vacation picture was taken on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, enjoy!