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SERIES: Eisenhower Dollars 1971-1978
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1971-S $1 Silver, DC (Proof)

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PCGS PR70DC

PCGS PR70DC

PCGS PR69DC
PCGS #:
97428
Diameter:
38.50 millimeters
Designer:
Frank Gasparro/Michael Collins & James Cooper
Weight:
24.60 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,265,234
Metal Content:
Outer layers - 80% Silver, 20% Copper; Center - 79% Copper, 21% Silver
Auction Record:
$13,800 • PCGS PR70 • 5-1-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 32,628 R-2.6 1 / 4 1 / 11
60 or Better 32,628 R-2.6 1 / 4 1 / 11
65 or Better 27,734 R-2.7 1 / 4 1 / 11
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade

LS Brown Collection

1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade

LS Brown Collection

1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  
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1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Up until 1971, the Mint made only Proof Sets and Mint Sets as special collectibles for sale to the public.  With the introduction of the Eisenhower Dollar in 1971, the Mint offered 40% silver versions of the new Dollar in Uncirculated and Proof condition, but only from the San Francisco Mint.  The Proof versions were sold in a hard plastic case inside of a brown slipcover box.  The 40% alloy, the special case, and the opportunity to purchase s aingle Proof coin for the first time in more than a century proved a considerable draw, and collectors snapped up more than four million of these innovative coins.

The majority of the 1971-S Proof Silver "Ikes" remain in superb condition, however examples in the top grade of PR70DCAM are extremely rare relatiive to the total population.