Designed by: John R. Sinnock
Issued Date: 1946-1964 (in silver alloy)
Composition: 0.900 parts silver, 0.100-part copper
Weight: 38.58 grains
Business strike mintage: 6,595,617,673
Proof mintage: 19,837,717
After the untimely death of President Roosevelt in 1945, Congress honored him by authorizing a coin bearing his portrait. The dime denomination was selected because Roosevelt had a close association with the March of Dimes charity fund raising over a long period of years. This design, created by chief engraver at the Philadelphia Mint John Sinnock, replaced the popular Mercury Dime and has been issued on a continuous annual basis since 1946. Sinnock created a realistic and contemporary design had the honor of being used on the silver dimes struck in 1964. Due to an increasing value of silver at the time, in 1965 the composition of the dime was changed to an inner layer of pure copper bonded to a copper-nickel outside layer.
While just over sixty years old, the Roosevelt Dime is a popular and widely collected coin. The most popular issues are the 1955 P, D, and S-mint coins. During that year, only slightly more than 45 million total coins were produced at all three mints, a great reduction at the time. The rarest of the Roosevelt Dimes are the proof issues of 1968, 1970, and 1975, which were produced in error without mintmarks.
The portrait shows the head of Roosevelt facing left, with LIBERTY at the left side of the coin, IN GOD WE TRUST below his chin, and the date to the lower right. The reverse depicts a torch with branches to each side, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DIME around the borders. E PLURIBUS UNUM is placed among the branch stems and torch base. In the alloy of 0.900 parts silver and 0.100 parts copper, the design was produced from 1946 through 1964, after which time the alloy was changed. Production was accomplished at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. Proofs were made at Philadelphia from 1950 through 1964.
The type collector will have no difficulty obtaining an example in any grade desired from Very Fine to superb Uncirculated. In addition, Proofs survive in large quantities.