How Much Is Bicentennial Dollar Worth? (Value, History)

Last Updated on March 7, 2022

Eisenhower Dollars or famously known as the “Ike Dollars” are the last of the big and bold coins produced by the United States Mint for circulation. Although some were popularly used in the casinos on the west coast, these coins never circulated widely in most of the United States. 

If you have any 1976 Eisenhower dollar coins, you might be in luck!  Keep on reading to find out what makes a 1976 dollar coin worth thousands of dollars.


How much is a bicentennial dollar worth?

Let’s understand the 1976 Type I and Type II Clad Dollar Coins:

1976 Type I Clad Dollar Coin Value

The Type I dollars struck in 1975 and went into production upon its pairing with the head’s side Eisenhower portrait by Frank Gasparro.

A total of 4,019,000 Type I clad dollars with no mintmark were made at the Philadelphia Mint.

In circulated condition, these Type I clads are worth around $2 and for uncirculated grade around $10 to $20.

The most valuable 1976 Type I clad Bicentennial goes to a most unlikely error and was sold in 2014 for an amazing price tag of $28,200. This record grabber 1976 quarter was struck with the 1976 Bicentennial dollar design and was graded MS64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

1976 Type II Clad Dollar Coin Value

Type II dollar coins have the crisper, more refined lettering on the tail’s side of the coin.

In worn grades The 1976 Type II clad dollar coin trades for around $1 and $4 to $10 in uncirculated condition.

One of the priciest ever sold of a 1976-D Type II clad dollar coin was $3,600 in 2021. It was graded MS67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

1776-1976 D Bicentennial Eisenhower IKE Dollar

What is the value of the 1976-S silver uncirculated dollar coin value?

The 1976 silver dollars were struck with a 40% silver composition and made especially for collectors. A total of 11 million 1976 silver dollars were made but not all were sold. Many numismatic experts conclude the remainder were melted.

These coins are carrying an  “S” mintmark as they were made at the San Francisco Mint. They were sold in a special 3-piece 1976 uncirculated set. It contains 40% silver 1976 Bicentennial quarter and a 40% silver 1976 Bicentennial half dollar.

In 2019, the most valuable 1976-S silver uncirculated dollar coin was graded MS69 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and sold for a whooping $4,560.

The San Francisco Mint also produced a proof version, the 1976-S silver proof dollar coin. Just like the 40% silver dollar being packaged within a special 3-piece mint set, silver proof dollar was offered by 3-piece proof set.

Although the coins were offered in a unique 3-piece proof set, not all of these silver proof dollars were sold.

Expect  $12 to $15 for a typical 1976-S silver proof dollar coin.

A 1976 40% silver proof dollar graded PR70DCAM was $6,900 in 2008.

How can I tell if my bicentennial quarter is silver?

You can start by checking the edge of the coin.  A copper-nickel clad coin will have a thin line of whitish nickel melded with a thin line of reddish copper. On the other hand, a 40% silver coin will have a thin line of white nickel melded with grey silver.

Why is Eisenhower’s face in the Bicentennial dollar coin?

 In 1935,  the era of the peace dollar coin ended, no dollar coin in print since then. The collectors felt the bullion prices were on the rise in 1965. Hence, the United States Mint started striking copper-nickel coins rather than silver coins.  As a result, legislators made an effort to reestablish a dollar coin.

Many people proposed to print the new dollar with Eisenhower’s face to honor his death. Eventually the proposal was heard and In 1971  the United States Mint started issuing the Eisenhower dollar coin.

Are any bicentennial quarters valuable?

In circulation, they are worth no more than face value while uncirculated coins and special edition coins are valuable.

Are bicentennial quarters silver?

Bicentennial quarters were minted in 40% silver.

How Much Is a 1976 Bicentennial Dollar Worth?

The standard 1776 to1976 dollar value in circulated condition are worth only $0.50 of their face value. These coins may be purchased at a premium in uncirculated condition.

In uncirculated form, the 1776-1976 D dollar is worth between $3 and $4. In MS 63 condition, both the 1776-1976 dollar with no mint mark and the 1776-1976 D half dollar are valued at around $3.

The 1776-1976 S proof dollar is worth around $4 in PR 65 condition.

What is the error on the Kennedy Bicentennial half dollar?

In 1974, a coin die production error resulted in doubled letters on the obverse coin. The words on the coin appear to be tripled. The lettering in TRUST on the obverse is most affected by the doubling.

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.