40% Silver Eisenhower Dollar Proof Apollo 11 Design

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40% Silver Eisenhower Dollar Proof Apollo 11 Design

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The Eisenhower Silver Dollar was first issued in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1971.  It was America’s last large-size regular-issue dollar coin ever minted with a circulating design, as well as the last regular-issue silver dollar.

In addition to coins struck for circulation, the U.S. Mint also produced a limited-edition 40% silver coin exclusively for collectors.  The 40% silver coin was made only at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco and was available only in special sets.

The “S” mint mark appears above the date on the obverse.

The silver coin was struck only from 1971 to 1974 and it was the last Silver Dollar made with a circulating coin design. 

Unknown to most collectors, the U.S. Mint made an even more exclusive edition of the 40% silver coin – the proof coin. Proofs are the highest quality coins struck by the U.S. Mint. 

Each proof coin was struck at least twice on highly polished coin blanks to bring out the mirrored background and high-relief images.

The 40% silver Eisenhower Dollar proof is the rarest of all Eisenhower Dollars.

The obverse features a portrait of Eisenhower, while the reverse is an adaptation of the official Apollo 11 mission patch showing an eagle landing on the moon. Apollo 11 in 1969 was the first manned mission to the moon, and Eisenhower was President when NASA was established in 1958.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a World War II hero and one of only five 5-Star Generals in U.S. history.  He was also President of the United States from 1953-1961.  He died in 1969.

The collection comes in a custom coin case that both protects and displays the coin.