1971-S $1 Silver, DCAM PR69DCAM Certification #16173167, PCGS #97428

Owner's Comments

This is the rare "Nightcrawler" DIVa 1S2-401. There are less than 20 known examples of this single-die variety! Hubbed-through reverse: a linear shard of die metal slid off the eagle's left leg, and embedded near the talon, giving the appearance that the eagle is clutching a large worm. "Gandyjai's DIVA PR Set" on the label. ODV with full serif R. Obverse with TDO - tripling best seen in the left serif of the R, Ike's hair, the N in the motto, and the 9. Reverse with DDR seen in AMERICA, most stars, Dollar, and olive leafs. IDDD die stage AA - the W and E a barely kissing.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Up until 1971, the Mint made only Proof Sets and Mint Sets as special collectibles for sale to the public.  With the introduction of the Eisenhower Dollar in 1971, the Mint offered 40% silver versions of the new Dollar in Uncirculated and Proof condition, but only from the San Francisco Mint.  The Proof versions were sold in a hard plastic case inside of a brown slipcover box.  The 40% alloy, the special case, and the opportunity to purchase s aingle Proof coin for the first time in more than a century proved a considerable draw, and collectors snapped up more than four million of these innovative coins.

The majority of the 1971-S Proof Silver "Ikes" remain in superb condition, however examples in the top grade of PR70DCAM are extremely rare relatiive to the total population.

38.50 millimeters
Frank Gasparro/Michael Collins & James Cooper
24.60 grams
Metal Content
Outer layers - 80% Silver, 20% Copper; Center - 79% Copper, 21% Silver
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 32628 R-2.6 1 / 4 1 / 11
All Grades 32628 R-2.6 1 / 4 1 / 11
60 or Better 27734 R-2.7 1 / 4 1 / 11

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade PR70DCAM PCGS grade

LS Brown Collection

1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade
1 PR70DCAM PCGS grade