The Eisenhower Dollar began minting in 1971. Designed by Frank Gasparro, the obverse features war hero and two-term President, Dwight David Eisenhower. The standard reverse was also designed by Frank Gasparro and features a heraldic eagle over the surface of the moon, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission. A special Bicentennial release in 1976, designed by Denis Williams, features the Liberty Bell in front of the Moon.
The Eisenhower Dollar was struck with a copper/nickel composition for circulation and was the first United States dollar coin to not be struck in a precious metal. A special collectors’ issued coin were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 40% Silver.
Copper/Nickel Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel bonded to a pure Copper Core Silver/Clad Composition: 80% Silver, 20% Copper bonded to 21% Silver, 79% Copper Core. Net of 40% Silver.