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Ike Dollar Coin Spartan Mask Paracord Bracelet
Our forth blog in the GET TO KNOW YOUR COIN series details the Ike (Eisenhower) Dollar history. We use this for our new Spartan Mask Cut Coin Bracelets, and in our next blog post (May 15th) we'll show you how we make them. But today, we'll outline a little of the coin's history for you.
The Eisenhower Dollar Coins that we use for our Spartan masks were minted between 1971-1978, and the year on each bracelet will vary unless specified.
Designer – Frank Gasparro
Diameter – 38.1 mm (1.5 in)
Thickness – 2.58 mm (0.1 in)
Edge – Reeded
Outer Composition – 75% copper, 25% nickel
Core - 100% Copper
Years Minted – 1971-1978
The coin that we use for our Ike Dollar Spartan Mask Cut Coin was first minted in 1971 and was intended as a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was the first dollar coin issued by the Mint since the Peace dollar series ended in 1935.
Although the higher silver content collector's pieces sold well, the new dollars failed to circulate well except in and around Nevada casinos where they took the place of privately issued tokens. In 1979, Congress authorized the Susan B. Anthony dollar, a smaller diameter coin, to replace the Ike Dollar. As a result of the short run of the series, sets of Eisenhower dollars are popular among collectors.
The decision to use Dwight D. Eisenhower on the dollar coin was as much a political decision as the use of Kennedy on the half dollar coin which we discussed in our previous history post. Because President "Ike" died in 1969, the same year as the moon landing, the coin served as an ideal commemorative for both Eisenhower and Apollo XI. Frank Gasparro designed both the head of President Eisenhower and the obverse side, an Eagle holding olive branches and landing on the moon.
Eisenhower dollars were released by the banks on November 1,1971. The Bicentennial coin was marked by a dual date, 1776-1976. While they were popular with collectors, they were not popular in circulation.
Own your own wearable piece of history!
We hope you enjoyed this short history lesson on the Eisenhower Dollar. You can read more about our Ike Dollar Spartan Coin Mask by clicking here Ike Dollar Spartan Mask Paracord Bracelet - Coin Bracelet.
Spartan Mask Cut Coin Paracord Bracelet
Tune in on May 15 for a short tutorial on how we cut and shape the spartan masks!