Although the Eisenhower or "Ike" dollar never circulated widely, it is starting to become more popular among coin collectors. Since more coin collectors are starting to collect the series, this has led to the discovery of multiple die varieties and errors. You can study these popular Eisenhower dollar varieties and errors so you can add them to your collection.
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1971-S Proof Eisenhower Dollar - Peg Leg "R"
The rarer variety of the San Francisco minted 1971 Eisenhower proof dollar does not have the serifs at the bottom of the vertical leg on the "R" in LIBERTY. Some researchers believe that this variety was caused by over polishing the proof die (a.k.a. die abrasion). Others believe that it was a change in the hub that created the master die.
Read more on the Ike Dollar Peg Leg "R":
- Ike Peg Legs FAQ from The Ike Group
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1972 Eisenhower Dollar – Type 1 (Low Relief)
The 1972 Philadelphia minted Eisenhower dollar Type I reverse was used from January of that year through August. You can identify this variety by looking at the three islands to the right of Florida found on the earth rising above the moon. Additionally, the earth is flat from about eight o'clock to eleven o'clock and the feathers on the eagle's breast are raised and distinct.
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1972 Eisenhower Dollar – Type 2 (High Relief)
The 1972 Philadelphia Minted Ike Dollar Type 2 reverse is the rarest of all three varieties. This was created when a proof reverse die was mistakenly used in August at the Philadelphia mint. This type was created from a single die and was used only once. This variety is identified by the absence of islands beneath Florida on the earth rising above the moon. Instead of islands, there are three incuse lines that look like water. Additionally, North America and South America seemed to fade out at... the top and bottom of the earth.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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1972 Eisenhower Dollar – Type 3 (Modified High Relief)
The 1972 Type 3 Eisenhower dollar used a new reverse die that was created and used from September through the rest of the year. The islands on the earth that are rising over the moon on the reverse of this variety appear beneath and to the left of Florida and the overall relief and details of the earth are strengthened. The eagle's breast feathers are smooth and are not well defined. This variety is also known as the "Normal Reverse" in some publications.
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1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Type 1
The United States Mint began producing the duel dated (1776-1976) Bicentennial Eisenhower dollars in 1975. The mint first used a reverse die that had thick letters on UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR. Striking problems persisted and the die had to be reworked. The easiest way to identify this variety is to look at the "T" in STATES. The horizontal bar in the "T" is squared at each end.
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1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Type 2
The United States Mint created a new reverse die to strike the remainder of the Bicentennial dollars. This die had thin letters that were used for UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR. Additionally, other details were enhanced and strengthened. The easiest way to identify this variety is to look at the "T" in STATES. The horizontal bar in the "T" is slanted at each end.