Our nation has produced many coins that did not rise in popularity when issued. It seems that all efforts of minting dollar coins in the 20th century were evidently, the last attempts as the public are no longer interested in using bulky and heavy coins for their everyday use. The 1971 Eisenhower Dollar, commonly called and also referred to as the “Ike Dollar,” is an example of such coins.
The Eisenhower Dollar was issued by the United States Mint way back in 1971 through 1978. This was a one-dollar coin that serves to commemorate the late General and two-term President Dwight David Eisenhower as well as the Apollo 11, the first spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the moon.
What makes the Eisenhower Dollar Coin special? The Ike Dollar Coin was the first large coin produced by the United States Mints after many years. The last large-sized coin produced was in 1935 – the year when the last series of the Peace Dollar was struck. It took more or less than 36 years before another batch of big and bulky coins were approved and produced in US Mints, and were circulated and issued to the public and collectors.
The Ike Dollar’s Historical Background
It was in March 1964 when the Treasury Department of the United States ordered to put a stop to the use of silver dollars. To everyone’s surprise, a vote was made by the Congress to mint additional silver dollars’ worth 45 Million dollars.
However, just after 316,076 coins were struck, the Mint’s machinery and manpower employment was terminated. Because of this, no coins were issued. Consequently, the Coinage Act of July 23, 1965 has included in its provision that no standard silver dollar coins will be coined within the next five years.
As the end of the Coinage Act’s five-year ban approached, the Treasury Department wanted to create a circulating dollar coin in honor of the two-term President Eisenhower, who was also a war hero. However, the idea was never considered as a serious matter even if there were some who wanted to sell the commemorative coin to coin collectors at that time.
It was only when Congressman Bob Casey of Texas inaugurated a bill that suggested the commemoration of both Eisenhower and the success of the Apollo II did the idea made a buzz in the House of Congress. It was around the time when the United States of America was able to beat Russia in successfully landing the first two men on the moon.
To say it was the perfect reason was an understatement. With Eisenhower’s authorization in creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA, he did make the space mission a possibility. After a year of constant debates here and there, the bill was finally approved in its final and modified form on December 31, 1970. One can say it was what sealed the deal even if it took a while before it was approved.
As imposed by the Coinage Act of July 23, 1965, the new Ike Dollar coin will have a diameter and thickness like that of the coins previously minted. The only difference would be the design and the metal composition which would be a copper-nickel clad base. A clad coin is one that has different layers of metal on it.
Mary Brooks, the current Mint Director during that time, wanted to produce the coins as soon as possible. She appointed Frank Gasparro, the Chief Engraver to create the coin models as there was no time left to hold a public competition for the design. He featured Eisenhower on the obverse side (head of the coin that features that main design) since he authorized the creation of NASA way back in 1974, while the reverse (back of the coin) will include a design featuring the Apollo II mission.
Gasparro designed both front and back of the coin. On the obverse of the coin which is commonly called the head of the coin, he settled on a bare-headed profile bust of the late President Eisenhower who was facing left. The legend “LIBERTY” was arranged in an arc just above Eisenhower’s head, while he placed the words “IN GOD, WE TRUST” below the late president’s chin. On the bust’s truncation lies Gasparro’s initials which are FG. The date was strategically placed at the bottom, as well as the mintmark if there is any above the date and to the right.
As for the reverse or the tails of the coin, Gasparro used the image Apollo II’s mission insignia. He used a bald eagle’s design carrying an olive branch with its clawed feet that were landing on a crater-pocked surface of the moon. The earth was also included in the design, having been used as a distant piece of the background from space. Centered just above the Eagle design, the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM” was used while Gasparro arranged the legend “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” around the upper periphery in the form of an arc. He superimposed the value of the coin which was one dollar one the lower periphery of the moon’s surface. The earth, eagle, and motto were surrounded by an arc of stars and his initials FG can be seen on the eagle’s tail.
The Eisenhower Dollar was issued no later than November 1, 1971, but no one knows the exact reason why. After issuance of the coins, many collectors grabbed the opportunity to snap a good portion of these coins and even a few months after, eventually reaching the channels of commerce.
However, the truth was revealed when it became obvious that the public no longer wants to make use of coins that are big, bulky and heavy. Casinos may have welcomed the idea of using real dollar coins to supersede and replace their tokens which has the same size and dimension, yet they too became exhausted in using such coins. More often than not, casino players will take these coins at home, treating them as souvenirs and imagined them as rare coins since these were scarcely seen in public.
When the demand went downhill for the new Eisenhower dollar, the amount minted in 1973 was only enough to fulfill the orders made by collectors. Denver and Philadelphia only had minted a total mintage rate of 2 million each. San Francisco, on the other hand, only minted what was known as the “Blue Ike”. Such coins were the uncirculated (coins that have never been used in public and has no damages on it) edition of silver-clad coins. The regular proof sets (early coin samples meant to test dies and collected by coin enthusiasts) included a coined proof of the copper-nickel version at the beginning of 1973.
During the celebration of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution, the Ike Dollar received a makeover – a competition commenced to change the reverse design of the Eisenhower Dollar. In the end, Dennis R. Williams won when he cleverly used the Liberty Bell and Moon in his design.
William’s design represented both the past and the present. The Liberty Bell symbolizes freedom and liberty while the moon was a tribute to Gasparro’s original Ike Dollar design. The new Ike Dollar with the Bicentennial design carried the dates 1776-1976 and were coined in 1975-1976.
Subsequently, the dates in the Eisenhower Dollar Coins do not bear the year 1975 even though the coins were released in 1975.
The Eisenhower Dollar Minting and Composition
The Ike Dollar or the Eisenhower Dollars were minted in short duration– from 1971-1978 only. The first Eisenhower Dollar coin was struck (produced in Mints) in San Francisco, California. The date of the first strike was on March 31, 1971, at the United States Assay Office. The San Francisco Office produced Eisenhower Proof Coins at an estimated 20 million coins for four years.
Each coin went up for sale for $10. Proof coins are valuable because of their flawless appearance. The way they are made as just as intricate as the production of fine pieces of jewelry. They are fed to the proof-coining press by hand. The blank coins are highly polished and are struck not only once, but twice.
It was the first one dollar coin that was minted and released after switching copper-nickel clad composition from silver-based coins. The same compositions were used in coining nickels, quarters and half-dollars.
Differences between a Clad or Silver Eisenhower Dollar Coin
The Eisenhower Dollar Coin can be a clad coin or silver coin.
A clad coin is one that consists of multiple metal layers. The net composition of a Clad Ike Dollar Coin has 75% Copper and 25% Nickel on the outer side of the coin, while the inner side consists of 100% Copper.
The net composition of the outer layer of a Silver Ike Dollar Coin was composed of 80% silver and 20% Copper. The core is composed of 79.1 Copper and only 20.9% Silver. The total Silver content of a Silver Ike Dollar Coin is 40%. A Silver Edition Eisenhower Dollar Coin Proof has a silver amount of 0.3162 troy ounces (oz t).
Consequently, the new Ike Dollar Coins, the Bicentennial Ike Dollars were authorized to be minted with the same composition.
Diameter, Thickness, and Edge Type
Both the Clad and Silver Ike Dollar Coin has a diameter of 38.10mm and 2.58 thickness. Both also have Reeded edges.
Year of Production, Mint Location and Type
The Philadelphia Mint produced Ike Dollar Coins in the years 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Philadelphia Mint produced only Clad type Ike Dollar Coins. In 1972, the three reverse varieties were born. In 1976, the Bicentennial Ike Dollar Coins were produced in Types 1 and 2 Clad Coins.
The Denver Mint produced Ike Dollar Coins with the Mint Mark D and produced only clad coins in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1978. They produced Types 1 and 2 Bicentennial Ike Dollar Coins in 1976.
The San Francisco Mint was the only Mint out of the three US Mints to produce both Clad and Silver Ike Dollar Coins as well as Proof Coins. Clad, Silver, and Proof Coins were produced in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Bicentennial Coins in Silver were produced in 1976.
As you can see, no Ike Dollar Coin was dated in the year 1975. The reason behind this was because, during the year 1975-1976, the Bicentennial Ike Coins which were special coins were minted or produced. Thus, no Ike Dollar Coin has the date 1975 on it.
The Eisenhower Dollar Coin which was produced by the San Francisco Mint has two varieties – one is the 1971-S Uncirculated Eisenhower Dollar and the second being the 1971-s Proof Eisenhower Dollar.
The total number of 1971-S Uncirculated Eisenhower Dollars produced was approximately 6,868,530. As for the 1971-s Proof Eisenhower Dollar, approximately 4,265,234 were struck. The value of each Silver Edition Coins is widely influenced by the prevailing value of Silver. However, Silver is usually priced at $20 per ounce. One can expect that the price for each uncirculated variety of the 1971-s Proof Eisenhower Dollar could be around $9. For the 1971-s Proof Eisenhower Dollar, it can be around $11.
Like any other coins, higher grades of Ike Dollar Coins are extremely hard to find. If you ever come across one, the price would be definitely higher than the ones you can easily find at dealers.
The Three Different Varieties of the 1972 Edition Eisenhower Dollar Coin
The United States Mint was able to create three varieties of the Eisenhower’s Reverse design. All three reverse types were coined, issued and used on different coins with just one exception. The US Mint in Philadelphia struck the 1972 Ike Dollars at different times during the year, thus creating three varieties. One of the three types, however, represented a mintage rarity lower than the two.
What makes the varieties different from one another? The reverse of the Eisenhower coins has different appearances of the Earth while it sits on the background of the coin’s tail.
The Three Types of The 1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Reverse
1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Type 1
This Ike Dollar has a reverse design that has an overall low relief, which is why it is also called the “Low Relief Reverse Type.” This means the coins has an overall appearance of relatively flat and shallow field.
Type 1 can be distinguished by the features of the Earth – the three islands fall to the right of Florida. Also, the Earth is flat between the 8 o’clock to 11 o’clock. It is also important to note that the feathers on the Eagle’s breasts are not only distinct but are also raised.
This reverse design was issued in 1971 and was commonly used to accommodate business strike coins.
1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Type 2
Type 2 was also called the ‘Proof” design because, among the three reverse designs, this is the only one with an utterly unique and completely different look. This is the reason why the Type 2 Eisenhower Dollar Reverse design was considered the most valuable of all three varieties.
One can easily identify this reverse design as the three islands were missing beneath Florida. Not only are that, the continent’s lack in detail and incuse water lines evident. This variety featuring a higher relief was used for uncirculated Ike dollars as well as 1972-S Proof. It is believed that there are only less than 100,000 Type 2 Eisenhower Dollar minted.
NGC was able to grade only 89 Ike Dollars with a Type 2 reverse design. Because of its rarity, the Ike Dollar with the Type 2 reverse design is the most sought after. Consequently, it also has the highest value of all. Suffice to say, if you want the rarest, most valuable type of Eisenhower Dollar, the 1972 Type 2 Ike Dollar is what you’re looking for.
1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Type 3
The Type 3 Eisenhower Dollar is known as the “Normal Reverse Ike Dollar.” The design has a higher overall relief than the Type 1 Ike Dollar. It can easily be distinguished as the three islands fall below and to the left of Florida, and the details are strengthened in appearance than that of Type 1.
The reason behind the change was because the US Mint used a tougher die steel during the remainder of the Philadelphia Mint’s production of the 1972 Ike Dollar Coins. In the succeeding year, Proof and Business Strike Eisenhower Dollars used this variety.
Eisenhower Dollar Coin Errors
If you are a coin collector or enthusiast, you may now have an idea that some coins are made with errors. Someone who is not interested in coin collecting may think a coin with an error will have a lower face value or may even lose its value, but that’s not always the case. Coin collectors will usually be interested in Eisenhower Dollar Coins that have errors in them as these coins usually carry a higher price than the regular face value since errors are rare and valued.
1971-S Proof Eisenhower Dollar Coin – Normal R
The error in this Ike Coin is on the letter “R” of LIBERTY. The R has a serif on the bottom vertical leg – two artistic protrusions. Serifs can be defined as the pointed extensions one can see at the end of a number or letter.
1971-S Proof Eisenhower Dollar Coin – Peg Leg R
The error in this Ike Coin is the letter “R” of LIBERTY has no serif.
Type 1 1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin (Low Relief)
The Eisenhower Dollar Coin with the Type Reverse has missing islands on the Earth. These were used from January to August 1972.
Type 2 1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin (High Relief)
Dubbed as the rarest among the three reverse designs of the 1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin, this was made because of an error. In the Philadelphia Mint, a proof reverse die was wrongly used in August. It was used only once and was made by a single die. Aside from the fact that the three islands near Florida are missing, it looks as if incuse lines are used to symbolize water, and the top and bottom of the design of North and South America appeared to fade.
Type 3 1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin (Modified High Relief)
A new reverse die was used to create the third type of Ike Dollars from September 1972 and up until the year ends. The feathers of the Eagle are no longer defined and seems to have smoothened out. The three islands that were missing in Type 2 Ike Dollars are now visible on the left and beneath of Florida.
Type 1 1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Coin
The Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Coins were produced with dual dates in 1975. The US Mint produced this Ike Coins with dates 1776-1976. At first, the US Mint used a reverse die on the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR with thick letters. The horizontal bar of the letter “T” in STATES have square endings.
Type 2 1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Coin
In the Type 21976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Coin, a different reverse die was used. The US Mint made use of a new die that made the letters in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are thin. Instead of a square ending in the horizontal bad of T in “STATES,” each end are now slanted.
The PCGS CoinFacts’ Eisenhower Dollar Coin Categories
PCGS CoinFacts was created in 1999 by Ron Guth, an author, and numismatic expert. PCGS categorizes the Eisenhower Dollar Coin based on the design and metal content of the coin.
The Type 1, Clad Ike Dollar
These are copper-nickel clad coins with the same metal composition as those with lower denominations like nickels, quarters and half-dollars.
1971 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 47,799,000
1971-D Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 68,587,424
1972 Type 1 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 75,890,000
1972 Type 2 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 75,890,000
1972 Type 3 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 75,890,000
1972-D Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 92,548,511
1973 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 2,000,056
1973-D Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 2,000,000
1974 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 27,366,000
1974-D Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 45,517,000
1977 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 12,596,000
1977-D Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 32,983,006
1978 Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 25,702,000
1978-D Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 33,012,890
1973-S Clad Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 2,760,339
1974-S Clad Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 2,612,568
1977-S Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 3,251,152
1978-S Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 3,127,781
The Type 2, Silver Ike Dollar
These are Eisenhower Dollar Coins that were uncirculated, are Proof versions and are composed of up to 40% silver. The Proof Coins were sold individual inside a brown cardboard slipcase and are in GSA slabs. Uncirculated Type 2, Silver Ike Dollars, on the other hand, were stored in individual blue envelopes and are packed in a glossy platform packs.
1971-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 6,868,530
1972-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 2,193,056
1973-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 869,400
1974-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 1,900,156
1971-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 4,265,234
1971-S Type 1 Reverse Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 4,265,234
1972-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 1,811,631
1973-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 1,013,646
1974-S Silver Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 1,306,579
1971-S Prototype Strike – DDO-023 Eisenhower Dollar
1971-S Prototype Strike – DMR-039 Eisenhower Dollar
The Type 3, Clad Bicentennial Reverse (1976)
These Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollars were minted in 1975 and 1976 were made using Copper-Nickel “clad “ alloy.
1976 Type 1 Clad Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 4,019,000
1976 Type 2 Clad Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 113,318,000
1976-D Type 1 Clad Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 21,048,710
1976-D Type 2 Clad Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 82,179,564
1976-S Clad Type 1 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 2,845,450
1976-S Clad Type 2 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 4,149,730
The Type 4, Silver Bicentennial Reverse (1976)
These Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollars were minted in 1975 and 1976 were made using 40% silver “clad “ alloy.
1976-S Silver Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 11,000,000
1976-S Silver Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced are 4,000,000
1976 No S Type 2 – Silver Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar – Total number of coins produced is 1
The Eisenhower or Ike Dollar Price Values
Although the Ike Dollars are no longer in mint, there are still people who use them for trade. .The three varieties of the Eisenhower dollar have different values, and obviously, one of the three are favored by coin collectors and enthusiasts. Some would go to their local banks bringing rolls of these Ike Dollars with them in exchange for current paper money.
If you plan on collecting Eisenhower Dollars, there are things you should keep in mind, like the following:
The key dates when the coin was minted and issued
The rarity of the coin
The variety or reverse type of the Eisenhower Dollar Coin
The surviving population of the coin
The type of strike used to produce the coin
The melt value of the coin
The dealer’s stock
The Eisenhower Dollar Coin was minted from 1971-1978. The key date in coins can refer to the date or the mint mark and date combination of a series of a coin.
Mint Marks can be letters or symbols that identify which Mint the coin was made at. The Mint Marks in the Eisenhower Dollar Coins are seen at the obverse side of the coin – just above the key date and just below the truncation of President Eisenhower. Three US Mints produced the Ike Dollar Coin – Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Denver.
Mint Mark for the Ike Dollar Coin produced by Denver has the symbol (D), while those issued by San Francisco Mint has the symbol (S). As for Philadelphia Mint, there is no Mint Mark. To check for the Mint Mark of the Eisenhower Dollar Coin, look for the tiny symbol located above the number “7” in the date of the obverse or face of the coin.
One can buy Eisenhower Dollars starting at $1 for the most common varieties while the rarest one, the 1972 Type 2 Ike Dollar, are sold by dealers for $10,250.
For a price guide of the Ike Dollars, you may check the list on PCGS on this link.
How are Eisenhower Dollar Coins graded?
Like most coins, Ike Dollar Coins are graded based on their condition. They are usually graded using the grading standard for Eisenhower Dollar Coin:
MS65 Choice Uncirculated. This means the coin only has contact marks scattered on the surface of the coin which is not at all distracting. Overall, the coin has a good eye appeal and has a strong glow
MS64 Uncirculated. The coin has a few contact marks scattered on the surface of the coin. It still has a good eye appeal and an attractive glow.
MS63 Uncirculated. The coin has an impaired glow due to some distracting contact marks found on the surface of the coin and other focal points, making it less “attractive.”
Uncirculated. The coin is in great condition – no traces of wear and tear can be found, but may have some noticeable blemish but still has its full mint glow.
AU50 About Uncirculated. One can see there is still a mint glow or luster present. However, there are noticeable contact marks.
EF40 Extremely Fine. Slight yet slightly worn hairlines in President Eisenhower’s ear and brow can be seen, and the Eagle’s wing feathers are faint but still visible.
VF20 Very Fine. Eisenhower’s brow is worn, hair strands over his ear are still well defined and the Eagle’s feather still shows.
Five of the most valuable Ike Dollar Coin were graded MS63 Uncirculated and MS65 Choice Uncirculated. These are the following:
1976-S silver Proof Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar
Low-Relief Eisenhower Dollar
1972 Modified High-Relief Eisenhower Dollar
1973-S Silver Proof Eisenhower Dollar
1972 High-Relief Eisenhower Dollar
Surprisingly, the most expensive Ike Dollar Coins are worth thousands of dollars each. These were not the Silver Edition ones, but are actually the Business Strike, Clad Eisenhower Dollar Coins the graded above MS65 Choice Uncirculated.
Collecting Eisenhower Dollar Coins
If you want to start collecting your very own Ike Dollar Coins, it is best to know and understand all there is to know when it comes to this coin. Did you know that these Ike Dollar Coins are the last large-sized coins ever struck, minted and produced?
For you to acquire a complete set of the Eisenhower Dollar, you will need to collect all 34 Eisenhower Dollar Coins. Unfortunately, the Ike Dollars are no longer struck, mined and produced. However, there are collectors and coin dealers who are willing to buy and sell coins, including the Ike Dollar Coins.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to find and buy Ike Dollar Coins, these are usually circulated in the casinos. These are located on the West Coast of the United States. Also, don’t underestimate the internet. There are lots of websites where you can purchase different coins, including Ike Dollar Coins.
The easiest Eisenhower Dollar Coins coin collectors were able to find are the 1971 and 1972 Ike Dollar Coins. However, what you really want to find if you are serious about coin collecting is the 1972 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Type 2. Any Eisenhower Dollar Type 2 Coin is rare. It is said that out of the 76,000,000 coins produced, only less than 100,000 Type 2 Eisenhower Dollar Reverse designed coins were produced. Even if you were able to get a hold of a 1972 Type 2 Ike Dollar, you can get a higher premium for it because the highest graded example is MS66. Do you know what that means? It means getting one is like owning a 1938 3-legged buffalo nickel. Or maybe a 1955 Lincoln cent.
Remember, those coins are it Ike Dollar Coins or any other type of coins, the circulated coins will have the lowest amount of face value. As for Uncirculated Ike Dollar Coins, you can purchase them around $10 each. If you happen to stumble upon Silver Ike Dollar Coins, the face value of the coin will depend on the current price of Silver.
If you’re only a beginner when it comes to coin collecting, do not worry much about the variety of dies used to make the Ike Dollar Coin, the Proof Coins and if it is a Special Edition Issues. Try to focus on collecting and sorting your circulated and uncirculated coins based on the mint marks and dates.
Are you an intermediate coin collector? By now you have assembled both circulated and uncirculated coins with their dates and mint marks. It’s time to include Eisenhower’s Dollar Proof Coins as well as the special collector’s issue. It is best to collect the Business Strike Ike Dollar Coins that are in uncirculated conditions.
As for the expert coin collectors, make sure include the more popular die varieties, special collector issues, business strike issues and Proof coins when collecting all 34 Eisenhower Dollar Coins. An advanced coin collector will strive to get their hands on the best quality coins while taking in to consideration all important matters when it comes to coin collecting.
In Conclusion, the Eisenhower’s Dollar Coins are very much worth collecting. There are many ways on how one can customize your Ike Dollar collection that will not only fit your budget but can also match your goals. If you have a tight budget but still wants to collect Eisenhower Dollar coins, they are lots of options to choose from, as well as coin dealers to explore. It is best to start small and make your way up. Building success doesn’t happen overnight, so patience is one the keys to becoming a successful coin collector.
Got the means to start big? Then go for the Ike Dollars in best conditions and enjoy the freedom of choosing between major, minor or both varieties.