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Come across a 1977 Eisenhower silver dollar and want to know if it’s worth more than face value?
The answer is YES — all 1977 Ike dollars are worth more than face value!
So, how much more than face value are these dollar coins worth?
And how much silver is in a 1977 silver dollar anyway?
Here are the answers you’re looking for…
Fun Facts About Eisenhower Dollar Coins
Let’s start with one of the most important things you should know about 1977 Ike dollars…
Except for a few rare off-metal errors (see below), 1977 Eisenhower dollars don’t contain any silver whatsoever. That’s right, 1977 “silver dollars” really aren’t silver at all.
But that doesn’t mean these classic copper-nickel clad dollar coins don’t offer anything as collectibles. In fact, some 1977 Eisenhower dollars are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars!
The Eisenhower dollar debuted in 1971 to pay tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died a couple years earlier in 1969. That was the same year the United States claimed a major victory in the Space Race by landing the first man on the moon.
Both Eisenhower and the successful Apollo 11 lunar mission that brought Neil Armstrong and his comrades to the moon are honored on these U.S. dollar coins:
- Frank Gasparro designed the portrait of Eisenhower seen on the obverse (heads side) of the coin.
- The design on the reverse (tails side) was borrowed from the Apollo 11 insignia designed by astronaut Michael Collins, who flew on that mission.
The Eisenhower dollar became the nation’s largest circulating copper-nickel clad coin by physical size and weight — a claim the coin still boasts today.
While Ike dollars were designed for use in commerce, the coin scarcely saw use in day-to-day transactions because many people preferred the lightweight dollar bill that could be folded.
The last Eisenhower dollars were struck in 1978. They were replaced by the smaller, lighter Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979.
However, the Eisenhower dollar was quite popular on the Nevada casino circuit — where it circulated widely for many years.
Many banks carried Eisenhower dollars into the 1980s and 1990s, though they have since all but disappeared from circulation.
Now, let’s see how much your 1977 dollar coins are worth…
How Much Is A 1977 Eisenhower Dollar Coin Worth?
1977 Eisenhower Dollar Value (no mint mark)
The 1977 Eisenhower dollar with no mint mark was made at the Philadelphia Mint — which did not put mintmarks on its coinage at the time.
A total of 12,596,000 Eisenhower dollars were struck at the Philly Mint in 1977, and the vast majority of these coins still survive for collectors to pursue today.
Here’s how much they’re worth:
- Most circulated 1977 dollars are worth about $1.10 to $1.25 — which means even the most worn Ike dollars fetch more than face value!
- Uncirculated 1977 Eisenhower dollar coins are generally worth $4 to $10 — with those in especially nice mint state grades worth significantly more still.
- The record price for the most valuable 1977 dollar coin was achieved in 2021 — when a specimen graded MS67 by Numismatic Guaranty Company sold for $3,600.
1977-D Eisenhower Dollar Value
The 1977-D Eisenhower dollar coin was struck at the Denver Mint — which struck its coins with “D” mintmarks.
The 1977-D Ike dollars are common, with a total of 32,983,006 struck for circulation.
Nearly 3 times as many 1977-D dollar coins were made as compared to their Philadelphia Mint counterparts. Even still, both are more or less considered equally common by collectors today.
Here’s how much they’re worth:
- The 1977-D Eisenhower dollar is worth about $1.10 to $1.25 in circulated condition.
- 1977-D Eisenhower dollars are worth about $4 to $10 in uncirculated grades — even more for examples in exceptionally nice condition.
- One of the most valuable 1977-D Eisenhower dollars ever sold was graded MS67 by Professional Coin Grading Service and got $6,038 at auction in 2001.
1977-S Eisenhower Dollar Value
The U.S. Mint struck 3,251,152 specimens of the 1977-S proof Eisenhower dollars at the San Francisco Mint.
These 1977-S dollar coins were not issued for circulation, but rather sold to collectors in sets that included proof versions of other circulating coins from that year.
The coins in the set included a 1977-S Lincoln penny, 1977-S Jefferson nickel, 1977-S Roosevelt dime, 1977-S Washington quarter, and 1977-S Washington quarter, and 1977-S Kennedy half dollar.
These 1977-S proof coins were made with polished blanks and struck by specially prepared dies on high-tonnage presses — so they exhibit an incredible amount of detail!
You can still buy 1977 proof sets and 1977-S Eisenhower dollars from many coin dealers:
- The 1977-S Eisenhower dollars typically sell for between $6 and $10 apiece.
- The most valuable 1977-S Ike dollar was graded PR68CAM by Numismatic Guaranty Company and sold for $719 in 2005.
Have You Heard About The 1977 Silver Dollar Error?
Remember earlier we alluded to some rare off-metal errors?
There were a few pretty incredible 1977-D silver dollar transitional errors made.
While it’s understandable that these 40% silver off-metal errors occurred soon after the U.S. Mint discontinued making 1776-1976 Bicentennial dollars with 40% silver blanks… those were struck at the San Francisco Mint. So, how these 1977-D silver dollar errors were struck at the Denver Mint is something of a mystery.
Nevertheless, they are extremely valuable and highly sought after by coin collectors!
The 1977-D off-metal silver dollar errors are some of the most popular modern rarities. They are easily among the most valuable of all Eisenhower dollars.
A 1977-D 40% silver dollar error is worth $5,000 to $10,000. The record price for one of these silver error coins happened in 2014, when a specimen graded MS63 by Numismatic Guaranty Company sold for a whopping $12,925!
- The 1977 doubled die dollars can be worth anywhere from $50 to $100 or more — depending on the location and magnitude of the doubled die.
- Any 1977 broadstrike dollar coin errors are also valuable — with many trading for $150 or more.
- The 1977 off-center Eisenhower dollars are among the most valuable Ike dollar errors — with a typical specimen trading for $500 to $1,000.
On the whole, Eisenhower dollar coin errors are extraordinarily rare and valuable!
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