Celebrate Ike’s birthday with these great collectibles!

Dwight D. Eisenhower – one of only five 5-star generals in history and a two-term U.S. President – was born on October 14, 1890. Now, in celebration of the anniversary of his birth, this is a great time to pick up official U.S. Mint coins and commemoratives honoring his life and career.

Known affectionately as “Ike,” Eisenhower was supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe in World War II, leading the D-Day invasion of France in 1944 and accepting the German surrender in 1945 that ended the war. In 1952, he won the Presidency using the popular slogan “I Like Ike,” and he secured reelection in 1956.

In 1971, the U.S. Mint introduced the Eisenhower Dollar, which was the first dollar coin since 1936 … and the last large-size Dollar coin minted for circulation. It was minted only from 1971-1978. The reverse is an adaptation of the official 1969 mission patch for Apollo 11, the first space mission to land men on the moon.

• Complete Eisenhower Dollar Collection. The Eisenhower Dollar was made only from 1971-1978, and during its short life it was struck at each of the three branches of the U.S. Mint then in operation: Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. Regular coins intended for circulation were struck at the U.S. Mints in Philadelphia and Denver, while Proofs were made in San Francisco. The coins from Denver are identified by the small “D” mint mark above the date, those from San Francisco have a small “S,” while the Philadelphia coins bear no mint mark. Including the special bicentennial coins in 1976 with a one-time-only commemorative reverse design of the Liberty Bell and the moon, there were 32 different Eisenhower Dollars (21 Brilliant Uncirculated and 11 Proofs) – including 10 40% silver coins made exclusively for collectors. This collection includes all 32 coins in a deluxe wooden display case.

• “Blue” Eisenhower Dollar. Standard Eisenhower Dollars for circulation were made in copper-nickel, but from 1971 to 1974 the U.S. Mint also made a small number of Brilliant Uncirculated coins for collectors in 40% silver. The silver coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition were available only in blue packaging, so they are known as “Blue” Ikes. All “Blue” Ikes were struck only at the San Francisco Mint and bear the coveted “S” mint mark on the obverse, above the date. These coins were not released into circulation but were made available only to collectors in limited editions.

• 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Commemorative Silver Proof Dollar. In 1990, the U.S. Mint struck a Silver Dollar to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The obverse is a double portrait of Eisenhower: the image facing right is a portrait of Eisenhower as President, which is superimposed on a portrait of Eisenhower facing left as a 5-star general. The reverse features Eisenhower’s home at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This one-year-only coin was struck in 90% silver and is the same size as a classic Morgan Silver Dollar. The Proof coin comes in the original U.S. Mint packaging.

• 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Silver Proof Dollar. Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of only five 5-star generals, and in 2013 the U.S. Mint struck a commemorative Silver Dollar featuring Eisenhower and Gen. George C. Marshall as part of a series honoring 5-star generals. Only 34,638 coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, and the coin comes with the original U.S. Mint packaging.

• 2015 Coin & Chronicles Set Dwight D. Eisenhower. When the Eisenhower Presidential Dollar was issued in 2015, the U.S. Mint also created the Eisenhower Coin & Chronicles Set in a limited edition of only 17,000. The set includes the following:
• The 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar Reverse Proof Coin – which was available ONLY in this set!
• Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Silver Medal, struck by the U.S. Mint in 99.9% silver.
• 1969 U.S. postage stamp commemorating Eisenhower shortly after his death.
• A booklet with images from Eisenhower’s life, military career, and Presidency.
The coin and medal are both certified by ANACS as near-perfect “69” condition.

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