The Roosevelt Dime is a US dime piece that was first produced in 1946, shortly after the death of the nation's 32nd President.
The dime piece was chosen to honor President Franklin Delano Roosevelt because of all of his work with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (known today as the March of Dimes).
This charity organization originally raised money to aid the victims of polio and to further research of the disease and people were encouraged to send a dime donation, hence the new name March of Dimes.
President Roosevelt, being a victim of polio himself, had worked hard to get the Foundation up and running.
U.S. Mint Director Nellie Tayloe Ross wanted the new Roosevelt Dime ready to be released on what would have been President Roosevelt's 64th birthday, January 30, 1946 which was also the day that the 1946 March of Dimes fundraiser was to kick off.
So, instead of the normal contest among American artists for the design of the coin, Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock was chosen to design the new dime piece because he had previously designed a medal of President Roosevelt.
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Sinnock's choice of design elements for the reverse of the Roosevelt Dime included:
a torch symbolizing liberty
an olive branch symbolizing peace
an oak branch symbolizing victory
Early Roosevelt dimes were made of 90% silver and 10% copper (1946-1964). Dime pieces from 1964 forward are clad coinage consisting of copper sandwiched between two layers of an alloy that is 75% copper and 25% nickel.
Beginning in 1992, silver coins were included in yearly collectors sets produced by the US Mint. These 90 percent silver proof coins include the Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter and Kennedy Half Dollar.
Below you will find the following information for the Roosevelt Dime:
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