What Is an Eisenhower Silver Dollar?


The U.S. Mint produced the Eisenhower silver dollar, created in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, from 1971 to 1978. The coin is made of 75-percent copper and 25-percent nickel, although a collector's version of the coin contains 60-percent copper and 40-percent silver.

Eisenhower coins produced in 1975 and 1976 featured a special bicentennial design on the reverse side. Prior to issuing the Eisenhower silver dollar, the U.S. Mint had not produced a dollar coin since ending production of the Peace silver dollar in 1935. After ending production of the Eisenhower silver dollar, the Mint switched to a new dollar coin design featuring Susan B. Anthony.