The “Big Sky Hoard” is another Pedigree hoard brought to market by Littleton Coin Company. A summary of LCC’s press release about the hoard follows:
“After thirty years in a Montana bank vault, a previously unknown hoard of over 220,000 Eisenhower dollars was discovered in 2011. Put away for years by a prominent Montana family, most of the coins in this remarkable hoard were still in original mint-sewn bags and were untouched by the wear and tear of general circulation. Shipped from the Denver Mint right to a Federal Reserve Bank in Montana, the coins missed the traditional movement between the mint and local banks, and escaped the widespread use of "Ike" dollars in western casinos.”
The first nice thing about this hoard is that you can acquire an NGC graded and authenticated example for a very reasonable price. And since the coins are economically priced, you can try to gather as many different dates/mintmarks as you can find.
The second thing I like about this hoard is that it is Eisenhower dollars. To me, the “Ike” dollars are one of the last true “coins” that have a collector feel to it. It will be interesting to see what other Eisenhower dollar Pedigree named hoards will pop up in the future. We already have the Big Sky Hoard, the Golden Nugget Casino find and the Rainy Day Hoard. I am sure there are a lot more out there waiting to be discovered.