The 1971 dollar coin features former President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the front and an eagle landing on the moon on the reverse. The coin is 38 mm in diameter and was minted in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
Two versions of the dollar were minted in 1971. The coin that the U.S. Mint issued for general circulation was 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel. The U.S. Mint struck about 110 million copes of this coin in Philadelphia and Denver. The San Francisco Mint produced a silver version of the coin issued only in proof sets. About 7 million copies of this coin made of 80 percent silver and 20 percent copper were issued.
The copper-nickel version of the coin only fetches a premium if in high grades. A 1971 dollar graded as uncirculated, with practically no wear and only slight imperfections, can sell for $4 to $6 in 2010 prices. The silver proof sells for $8 to $10 in 2010 prices.
The official Apollo 11 insignia was the direct inspiration of the design on the reverse of the 1971 dollar.
- "Whitman's Red Book: A Guide Book to United States Coins 2008"; R.S. Yeoman; 2008
A veteran of the newspaper industry, Johnny Kampis has worked as a freelance writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "Atlanta-Journal Constitution" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." He currently serves as an editor of poker-based "Rounder" magazine and writer for the Alabama football publication "Crimson" magazine.