The 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar represented the second release of the year and the thirty-fourth release overall within the Presidential $1 Coin Program. In previous years, Eisenhower has made appearances in another dollar coin series as well as on commemorative coinage.
Dwight D. Eisenhower or “Ike” had graduated from West Point Military Academy and led a distinguished military career. He was a five-star General in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. After retiring from active military service, he ran for President and was elected for two terms.
The 34th President has made previous appearances within United States coinage. From 1971-1978, the United States Mint issued the Eisenhower Dollar as a large sized, clad composition circulating dollar coin. In 1990, a commemorative silver dollar was issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth. In 2012, Eisenhower was featured on another commemorative silver dollar under a program recognizing the five-star Generals of the United States Army.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar features a portrait of the former President designed and engraved by Joseph Menna. Surrounding inscriptions include the President’s name, the motto “In God We Trust”, “34th President”, and the dates of his two terms served “1953-1961”. The reverse of the coin features an image of the Statue of Liberty designed and engraved by Don Everhart. The inscriptions include “United States of America” and “$1”. Incused edge lettering contains the date, mint mark, and motto “E Pluribus Unum”.
The United States Mint began sales of circulating quality examples of the 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Dollars on April 13, 2015. As with prior releases, 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags, and 250-coin boxes were available containing coins from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint facilities. Throughout the year other numismatic products incorporated circulating quality, uncirculated, and proof versions of the coin.
On August 11, 2015, the US Mint offered the 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles Set. This special set contained a 2015 Eisenhower Presidential Dollar struck with a reverse proof finish, an Eisenhower Presidential Medal struck in 99.9% silver, a postage stamp featuring the former President, and a booklet with information about Eisenhower’s life and presidency. The set was limited to 17,000 and priced at $57.95. Due to the inclusion of the unique reverse proof coin, the sets achieved a rapid sell out.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar Coin Specifications:
- Diameter: 26.5 mm
- Weight: 8.1g
- Thickness: 2.0 mm
- Edge: Lettered
- Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel
- Mintage: 4,900,000 (Philadelphia), 3,645,998 (Denver)
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