This complete collection includes all 11 different Ike Dollars Proofs ever made: every year of issue, including the rarely-seen 1976 Bicentennial coins and the 40% silver coins. Proof coins are struck exclusively for collectors and are not released into circulation. They are the rarest of all U.S. coins, as well as the highest quality coins.
The Eisenhower Dollar was America's last large-size Dollar coin ever minted for circulation. It was minted only from 1971-1978 and is a treasured piece of American history. Since the last coin was minted in 1978, it has been replaced with the small-size Anthony Dollar and Sacagawea Golden Dollar - so it is now a long-gone piece of American coinage history that becomes more and more sought after with each passing year.
In fact, this is one of the classic American coins of the 20th century - but it is also the "forgotten" coin that collectors are now scrambling to find. Eisenhower Dollars have not been available from the U.S. Mint for over a quarter of a century, so all the remaining coins are in the hands of private collectors and dealers who are often reluctant to part with them.
The obverse of the coin features Dwight D. Eisenhower, the World War II hero and President of the United States from 1953-1961. The reverse of the regular coins is an adaptation of the official Apollo 11 mission patch showing an American eagle landing on the moon (to symbolize the "Eagle" Lunar Module which brought the first men to the moon in 1969). The eagle carries an olive branch of peace, and the Earth can be seen above its head.
The one-time-only 1976 Bicentennial coins have different designs. The obverse has the same portrait but with the dual date "1776-1976" to make it the first and only dual-dated circulating Dollar coin. The reverse of the Bicentennial coins features the moon and Liberty Bell to symbolize 200 years of U.S. history from the Declaration of Independence to the manned moon landing.