As in the previous year, the San Francisco Mint struck three different versions of the Eisenhower Dollar. This included uncirculated and proof examples struck in a special composition of 40% silver, as well as an example struck in the standard copper-nickel clad composition for inclusion within the 1974 Proof Set.
The 1974-S Eisenhower Dollars struck in 40% silver will contain a net weight of 0.3161 troy ounces of pure silver. In most cases, these coins will derive most of their value based on the silver content alone. Higher grade certified examples can derive an additional premium. The uncirculated versions are most desirable in PCGS or NGC MS 68 or higher, while the proof versions are desired in PCGS PR69DCAM or NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo.
The clad proof version of the coin is in ready supply from the low priced 1974 Proof Sets. As opposed to later issues of the series, the cameo contrast may not be especially prominent. Collectors can search for coins display a strong black and white cameo contrast and usually not pay a premium for a superior example.
Mint marks: S (San Francisco)
Mintage: 1,900,156 (silver uncirculated), 1,306,579 (silver proof), 2,612,568 (clad proof)
Composition: 60% copper, 40% silver (silver versions), 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad version)
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Weight: 24.59 grams (silver versions), 22.68 grams (clad versions)
Silver Content: 0.3161 troy ounces (silver versions)