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  • 3x Eisenhower Dollars, 1972-1976, Moon Landing & Bicentennial, Circulated 1
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  • 3x Eisenhower Dollars, 1972-1976, Moon Landing & Bicentennial, Circulated 2
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Description

Minted between 1971 and 1978, the Eisenhower dollars were the first $1 coins to be struck since the discontinuation of the Peace Dollar in 1935. Plans for the coins were first put forward in 1969 to honour 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had died in March that year, and the first moon landing a few months later. However, release was delayed due to various complications of which the foremost was an argument over whether or not the coins should contain any silver, which had increased dramatically in value at that time; eventually an agreement was made that the collectors coins, not intended for circulation, would be 40% silver while the coins intended for circulation would copper-nickel clad copper - the first ever large-size dollar coins to contain no silver.

The designs on all Eisenhower dollars were the work of Frank Gasparro, with the original coin's reverse featuring an eagle and lunar surface design based on the Apollo 11 mission patch which had itself been designed by Michael Collins, the astronaut who piloted the command module in lunar orbit whilst Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first landing. Due to the size of the coin and the hardness of the metal compared to silver alloys, striking rapidly wore out minting dies and Gasparra was required to produce two new designs with a lowered relief; it is difficult to narrow down precisely which type an individual coin is once wear removes detail, but we believe this is one of the earlier Type I examples struck at the Denver Mint.

Plans to mint coins marking the bicentennial of American Independence had been drawn up as long ago as 1966, though originally for a half-dollar only with quarters and dollars added later. The obverse features the same Gasparro depiction of Eisenhower as seen on the Apollo 11 coin, while the reverse was selected from entries in a public competition won by art student Dennis R. Williams who, at 22, was the youngest person to have ever designed a US coin, featuring the Liberty Bell superimposed over the Moon. Gasparro then adapted the design slightly to make it more suited to mass production and minting began in 1975. As with the previous coin, collectors examples were 40% silver and circulation coins were copper-nickel clad copper, but the mints soon discovered that although made to the same composition the new alloy didn't strike as well as that used for the earlier coins; thus Gasparro again had to redesign it. The older coins, with noticeably thicker lettering, are known as Type I while the later coins are Type II - both of these are Type II, once again struck at Denver Mint.

The designs for both coins, and that of the later Susan B. Anthony version (often known as the "Susan B. Agony" due to her rather pained expression in Gasparro's rendition of her), met with public favour. The coins themselves, meanwhile, did not; the collectors sets sold well but the circulation coins were never popular mostly due to the fairly low quality of the minting and their size and weight. As a result, production lasted only until 1978 - nevertheless, around 50 million were struck during every year of minting and the coins are not rare; however, due to being considered one of the most technically challenging coins to produce in history, they remain eagerly sought-after by collectors.

All three coins here are circulated and show wear and discolouration. The Apollo II is borderline "almost fine" grade (eg. there is wear to the smaller details and some scratches, but all parts of the design are clearly discernible; it is also discoloured). One of the Liberty Bell coins is "almost very fine" (little wear with sharply defined edges and plenty of detail, though in this case prevented from a "very fine" grade due to small scratches), while the other is "fair" (considerable wear and scratches, though all parts of the design remain discernible).

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

100% of the money raised from this sale will go to the charity.

Our sales team do their best to check each item and ensure that the description and pictures provided are as accurate as possible.

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Domestic Delivery

We aim to dispatch orders within two working days. If for any reason there is an unexpected delay in dispatching your order we will make sure to inform you of this as soon as possible.

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Some low-value items will be sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class. Some items of higher value are sent by Royal Mail Signed For or Special Delivery, which require a signature. If you are not present at the time of delivery, a card will be left instructing you to arrange a redelivery, or to collect your order from the local sorting office.

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Items can be collected from our Retail Hub at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Eastern Counties Leather Industrial Estate, Pampisford, CB22 3EE during our opening hours of 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday. If you would like to collect your item please contact us in advance to arrange this.

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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity uses the eBay Returns system to make the process as easy for you as possible. For full details about the process, and for information on how to begin a return, please see the following eBay help page: Return an item for a refund.

Change of Mind

If when you receive your order you are not completely satisfied, you may return the items to us within 30 days for a refund. Returns will be processed within three working days once the goods have been received by us.

Items must be returned to us in the same condition as they were received by you. This includes, but is not limited to: original packaging, original boxes, packaging materials, manuals, blank warranty cards, accessories and documents. We reserve the right to refuse a return or deduct an amount for lost value where the item is returned in a different condition.

We strongly recommend that you fully insure your package that you are returning, as well as using a carrier that can provide you with tracking information or proof of delivery.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will not be held responsible for returns lost or damaged in transit.

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the customer to cover any delivery charges for returning an unwanted item.

Incorrect/Damaged Goods

We try very hard to ensure that you receive your order in pristine condition. In the unlikely event that your order arrives damaged or faulty, please contact us via eBay immediately, this will be given special priority and you can expect to receive a response within 48 hours, Monday to Friday. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will cover the cost of domestic return postage for any incorrect or damaged items, subject to the cost of the chosen return method being reasonable. Please contact us before proceeding if unsure.

About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.