Large mintage: The mintage of 1977-D Eisenhower dollars was the largest from any mint this year. Mint sets, sold at $7.00 each, contained one each of all business strike issues, cent through the Eisenhower dollar; 2,006,869 sets were sold. As the Mint set coins went directly to collectors, most were carefully preserved by the recipients.
Availability: Eisenhower dollar specialist Dave McHenry noted this:
1977-D: High-quality specimens of the 1977-D are hard to find. A hoard of bags stored in Denver was broken up a few years ago.
Oops! Wrong planchet (again): The February 22, 1978 issue of Coin World reported the finding of several 1977-D Eisenhower dollars struck on 40% silver planchets. Subsequently, more were located. As of summer 1991, Walter H. Breen knew of about 15 specimens. Struck on rejected blanks intended for S-mint Bicentennials, mistakenly included among nickel-clad blanks shipped from San Francisco to the Denver Mint. A similar error occurred with certain 1974-D Eisenhower dollars.
1. 1977-D copper-nickel clad.
2. 1977-D silver clad. Breen-5774. Very rare, about 15 known. Struck on rejected blanks intended for S-mint Bicentennials, mistakenly included among nickel-clad blanks shipped from San Francisco to the Denver Mint.
Enabling legislation: Act of July 23, 1965 (clad metal), Act. of December 31, 1970, and others.
Designer: Frank Gasparro; "
Weight (copper-nickel clad): 350 grains (tolerance 4%); outer layers of .750 copper and .250 nickel bonded to inner core of pure copper.
Dies prepared (approximate): Obverse: 330; Reverse: 165.
Business strike mintage: 32,983,006.
Comment on availability, MS-65 or better: Scarce.
Comment on availability, MS-64: Scarce.
Comment on availability, MS-63: Readily available.
Comment on availability, MS-60 to 62: Most surviving Mint State .coins are in this category.
Comment on availability, VF-20 to AU-58: As is the case with most other business strike issues in the series, many circulated 1977-D Eisenhowers exist.
Characteristics of striking: Like its Philadelphia counterpart, the typical 1977-D Eisenhower dollar is generally well struck and brilliant, but has many bagmarks.
Known hoards of Mint State coins: No bags currently reported to exist.
Readily available in lower ranges of Mint State.