1971-1974 Brown Eisenhower Dollar

1971 marked the first year in which the United States Mint issued Eisenhower dollar coins. Each featured an obverse portrait of former General of the Army and President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower who had passed away two years earlier. Shown on the reverse of the coins was an eagle landing on the moon which is emblematic of the Apollo 11 mission insignia.

A majority of the Eisenhower dollars were struck for circulation, but the U.S. Mint also released uncirculated and proof versions for collectors. The uncirculated coins were sold inside blue envelopes and came to be known as "Blue Eisenhower Dollars" or "Blue Ikes."

Proof Eisenhower dollars were struck at the U.S. Mint’s facility in San Francisco and were composed of 40% silver. These coins were then placed inside a plastic holder which was then put in a brown box. Thus these releases were soon called "Brown Eisenhower Dollars" or "Brown Ikes."

Historical 1971-1974 Brown Eisenhower Dollar Silver Melt Values

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Coin Included in the 1971-1974 "Brown" Eisenhower Dollar Release

The Eisenhower dollar included in the set was struck from 40% silver with a total silver weight of 0.3161 ounces.


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