The Eisenhower Dollar
The obverse kept the portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the reverse image changed. The designer was Dennis R. Williams. The Liberty Bell in the foreground and the moon in the background replaced the eagle with spread wings. There are two varieties of Eisenhower dollars from the Philadelphia and Denver mints. The difference is the lettering on the reverse. Type I has thicker block lettering and type II his thinner. Type I was minted in 1975 and type II in 1976. Type I minted in the Philadelphia mint is the most difficult to find.
The Kennedy Half Dollar
Seth G. Huntington designed the reverse of the Kennedy half. It is a view of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The obverse of John F. Kennedy is unchanged.
The Washington Quarter
Jack L. Ahr made the design of the Colonial drummer boy on the reverse of the Washington quarter. The obverse was unchanged and kept the profile of George Washington.
Mint sets for 1975 and 1976 contained the three bicentennial coins. These were also issued with mint and proof sets. Mint sets are regular coins that are uncirculated and not mass produced.
Proof coins are struck with special dies, and slower with more pressure. This produces a sharper coin with more definition and luster. The bicentennial proof coins were included with the proof sets that contained the penny, nickel and dime from the Philadelphia and Denver mints as well as the 3 coin bicentennial set.
Bicentennial sets contained the quarter, half and dollar in mint and proof condition. In addition to coins from the Philadelphia and Denver mint, San Francisco minted coins also. These were mint and proof sets that contained 40% silver and weren’t issued into general circulation.
Gold Bicentennial Coins
Gold versions of the bicentennial coins aren’t official or minted by the United States. They are bicentennial coins that have been gold plated. The prices for these coins do not reflect true gold coin values. Although you may see bicentennial gold coins advertised, you should know that these are not 100% gold.
Collecting Bicentennial Coins
As with collecting anything, condition is everything. Bicentennial coins found in circulation are worn enough that they aren’t valuable as collector pieces. Uncirculated, mint and proof sets are more valuable and worth more. Bicentennial sets can be found at a reasonable price.
Bicentennial Coins are easy sets to collect. In the 3 coin uncirculated set, the 3 coin proof set, single uncirculated, single proofs, or with the yearly uncirculated or proof sets. These are attractive coins, and a nice addition to anyone’s collection of United States coins.