The Eisenhower dollar was the first US dollar coin struck since the 1935 Peace dollar. It was conceived to honor the recently deceased President Dwight D. Eisenhower and designed by Frank Gasparro. Due to a rise in bullion prices the majority of Eisenhower dollars were produced with base metals. The collector-grade coins were minted with 40% silver and 60% copper, owing to its low silver weight of 0.3162 troy ounces.
The coin was never particularly popular with the public and mostly circulated in and around the casinos of Las Vegas. The silver-clad pieces, however, are and continue to be popular with bullion enthusiasts.
The coin features a profile of Eisenhower on the obverse side, while the reverse depicts a bald eagle landing on the moon clutching an olive branch, inspired by the Apollo 11 mission. The Eisenhower dollars from 1975 and 1976 bear 1776-1976 as years in commemoration of America's bicentennial and feature the Liberty Bell with the moon in the background on the reverse face.