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Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: 2,612,568

Designer: Frank Gasparro, the reverse based on a design by Michael Collins and James Cooper

Diameter: 38.5 millimeters

Metal Content:
Outer layers - 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Center - 100% Copper

Weight: 350 grains (22.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) between Eisenhower's head and the date


The 1974-S Eisenhower Dollar coin is found in two versions: Copper-Nickel Clad and 40% Silver.  The Clad version appeared only in Proof sets of the year.  The Silver "Ike" was available in both Uncirculated and Proof formats, but only as special-order items.  Uncirculated Silver 1974-S Eisenhower Dollars are known as "Blue Ikes" because of the blue envelope in which they were sold.  Silver Proofs are known as "Brown Ikes" after their own special packaging.  Locating any 1974-S Eisenhower Dollar requires extra effort because none were released into general circulation.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 16 PR-68's. The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 19 PRCA-69's. The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 341 PRDC-69's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service