Today, April 13, the U.S. Mint released the second of four 2015 Presidential dollars. Honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States who served from 1953 to 1961, available product options include rolls, bags and boxes of the coins in circulating quality.
Every year the Mint releases four dollars as a part of the Presidential $1 Coin series. The first 2015 issue depicts Harry S. Truman and launched on Feb. 5. The two upcoming dollars honor John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, with release dates in June and August.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin Design
Designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna, obverse or heads sides of this latest collectible depict a likeness of the former president surrounded by the inscriptions DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, IN GOD WE TRUST, 34TH PRESIDENT and 1953-1961.
Reverses of Presidential dollars are common, bearing Don Everhart’s rendition of the Statue of Liberty. Surrounding Lady Liberty are inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1.
Edge incused inscriptions are also common among dollar coins, showing:
- the year of minting,
- the mint mark for the U.S. Mint facility where it was produced – ‘P’ for the Philadelphia Mint and ‘D’ for the Denver Mint, and
- E PLURIBUS UNUM.
As circulation strikes, edge inscriptions will vary in location — unlike the collectible proof versions in annual products like the 2015 Presidential Proof Set.
Coin specifications include a manganese-brass composition of 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel. Each coin weighs 8.1 grams, has a diameter of 26.49 mm, or 1.043 inches, and a thickness of 2.0 mm.
25-Coin Rolls, 100-coin Bags and 250-Coin Boxes
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential dollars are available in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags and 250-coin boxes, with each of these products available from either the Denver or Philadelphia facilities. The following chart breaks down the different prices for each of the product options.
|Presidential $1 Coin 25-Coin Roll – P||$32.95|
|Presidential $1 Coin 25-Coin Roll – D||$32.95|
|Presidential $1 Coin 250-Coin Bag – P||$275.95|
|Presidential $1 Coin 250-Coin Bag – D||$275.95|
|Presidential $1 Coin 100-Coin Box – P||$111.95|
|Presidential $1 Coin 100-Coin Box – D||$111.95|
Packaging of these products has the name of the president, the mint or origin, and the total face value of the coins. Buyers should keep in mind that a mechanical process fills the rolls so a coin’s heads or tails side may be visible.
Ordering Eisenhower Dollars
To add any of these products to your collection, order them from the U.S. Mint’s website via this link to its $1 coins, or order by phone at 1(800) USA-MINT (872-6468).
United States Mint production figures show Eisenhower dollar mintages at 8.26 million with 3.36 million from Denver and 4.9 million from Philadelphia.
Brief Eisenhower Biography
As a five-star general and Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower had enormous name-recognition even before becoming the 43rd U.S. President.
Dwight’s mother had a collection of books about history that captivated his attention at a young age, and that interest forever pulled him toward military history. These were always his favorite books to read, though the family set aside specific times for the bible.
Eisenhower graduated from high school in 1909, but worked for two years after to help pay for his brother’s college tuition. In 1911, he was accepted into West Point and quickly embraced the school’s emphasis on sports and traditions, but he was less than stellar when it came to following the rules.
Dwight met his wife, Mamie Geneva Doud, while stationed in Texas and married her on July 1, 1916. The couple had two sons, Doud Dwight, who died of scarlet fever at age three, and John Sheldon Doud. John also attended West Point and graduated on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Eisenhower was tasked with planning and executing Operation Overlord, the code name for the Battle of Normandy which commenced on D-Day with the Normandy landings. This massive mission was the changing of the tide in Europe. It started to push the Nazis back into Germany, ultimately bringing an end to the war in Europe in May 1945.
Eisenhower was strongly encouraged to run for the presidency in the 1948 election, but declined. When he ran in 1952, he won by an Electoral College landslide of 442 to 89.
Dwight and Mamie retired to a working farm that was adjacent to the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. On the morning of March 28, 1969, and at the age of 78, Eisenhower died of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
An interesting factoid, born in Denison, TX in 1890, Eisenhower is the last president to have been born in the 19th century.