Today, April 13, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will open sales for products containing circulating quality 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollars. This will represent the second release for this year and the thirty-fourth release overall for the Presidential $1 Coin Program.
The obverse design of the Eisenhower Presidential Dollar features a front facing portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower designed and engraved by Joseph Menna. During the design review phase, both the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had recommended this design.
The reverse of the coin carries the rendition of the Statue of Liberty designed and engraved by Don Everhart. This design has been used in common for all reverse designs of the series.
The products available for sale from the Mint contain circulating quality examples of the 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mint facilities. The packaging options include 25-coin rolls priced at $32.95 each, 100-coin bags priced at $111.95, and 250-coin boxes priced at $275.95, with each option available from either facility. All products feature packaging containing the name of the President, the face value of the contents, and the mint mark.
There are no stated product or ordering limits imposed. Customer demand will determine the number of coins minted. Last month, the US Mint indicated preliminary production for the coins at 3.36 million pieces struck at Denver and 4.90 million pieces struck at Philadelphia. Since 2012, newly released Presidential Dollars have not been distributed for general circulation and have only been available within numismatic products.
President Eisenhower has made appearances on three other dollar coins struck by the United States Mint. He was featured on the last large sized circulating dollar coin series, known as the Eisenhower Dollar, issued from 1971 to 1978. The obverse of the coin featured a left-facing portrait of the President designed by Frank Gasparro. The reverse featured an image of a bald eagle landing on the moon carrying an olive branch, based on the Apollo 11 mission insignia. In 1976, a special bicentennial reverse design featured an image of the Liberty Bell superimposed over the moon.
Eisenhower was featured on a commemorative silver dollar issued in 1990 to celebrate the centennial of his birth. The obverse design by John Mercanti featured a right-facing portrait of an older Eisenhower against a left-facing portrait of a younger Eisenhower as a five-star general. The reverse, designed by Marcel Jovine and modeled by Chester Young Martin, featured a depiction of Eisenhower’s retirement home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Lastly, Eisenhower was featured on another commemorative silver dollar issued in 2012 as part of a program honoring the five-star generals of the United States Army. The obverse, which was designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Joseph Menna, features portraits of George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower against a striped background. The reverse, designed by Barbara Fox and engraved by Joseph Menna, features the Leavenworth Land with the crest of Fort Leavenworth on its side.