1973-S $1 1 oz. Proof Silver Eisenhower Dollar
The 1973-S 40% Silver Eisenhower $1 Proof is part of a short run series released from 1971-1978 featuring General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower and saluting one of the great accomplishments of his Presidency, the creation of NASA. The national space program eventually led to the 1969 Apollo XI moon-landing mission. This spectacular event, celebrated on the coin’s reverse, captivated the world and positioned the United States as a leader space exploration. When Eisenhower Dollars, also known as the “Ike Dollar,” were released in 1971, they were the first U.S. Dollar coin struck in 36 years. The 1973-S 40% Silver Eisenhower $1 Proof offers an expression of American and US Mint history using an exceptional design with a unique story of its own.
In addition to the millions of standard copper-nickel versions that were commonly found in change, a small mintage of Eisenhower Dollars was struck in 40% silver exclusively for collectors at the San Francisco Mint. Only five Ike silver dollar proof dates were struck, about 12 million coins in all. With a mintage of just 1.0 million, the 1973-S Ike silver dollar proof is the low-mintage "king" of the series.
Frank Gasparro, who designed both sides of the coin, once caught a glimpse of General Eisenhower at a 1945 New York parade celebrating the Allied victory in Europe. Ironically, Gasparro stepped back from the crowd and sketched the general's features. That sketch served as the basis of his design for the obverse over two decades afterwards.
Design of the 1973 Proof Silver Eisenhower Dollar
The obverse features a striking profile of General/President Dwight David Eisenhower facing left with the legend of “Liberty” above his head, “In God We Trust” to the lower left and the date at the bottom. The reverse reflects the design of the Apollo XI’s insignia and shows an eagle flying over the surface of the moon, an olive branch firmly grasped in his claws. A small planet earth turned so that North America can be seen is in the distance and 13 stars are in the field representing the first colonies. The inscriptions “E Pluribus Unum” is above and “United States of American,” and “One Dollar”ares at the boarder.
The Proof quality, short run and historical content make the 1973-S Silver Eisenhower $1 Proof highly collectible, a valuable investment and an extraordinary addition to any portfolio.
|Year of Issue:||1973|
|Packaging:||Original Packaging Brown Box|
|Weight in Grams:||9.835 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.3162 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|