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Date Inv # Price Date Inv # Price 1946 06479 4.95 1954 13775 4.95 1946d 06480 4.95 1954d 13776 4.95 1946s 06481 4.95 1954s 13777 4.95 1947 06482 4.95 1955 13778 4.95 1947d 06483 4.95 1955d 13779 4.95 1947s 06484 4.95 1955s 13780 4.95 1948 06485 4.95 1956 13781 4.95 1948d 06486 4.95 1956d 13782 4.95 1948s 06487 4.95 1957 13783 4.95 1949 06488 4.95 1957d 13784 4.95 1949d 06489 4.95 1958 13785 4.95 1949s 06490 4.95 1958d 13786 4.95 1950 06491 4.95 1959 13787 4.95 1950d 06492 4.95 1959d 13788 4.95 1950s 06493 4.95 1960 13789 4.95 1951 06494 4.95 1960d 13790 4.95 1951d 06495 4.95 1961 13791 4.95 1951s 06496 4.95 1961d 13792 4.95 1952 06497 4.95 1962 13793 4.95 1952d 06498 4.95 1962d 13794 4.95 1952s 06499 4.95 1963 13795 4.95 1953 13772 4.95 1963d 13796 4.95 1953d 13773 4.95 1964 13797 4.95 1953s 13774 4.95 1964d 13798 4.95
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The first Roosevelt Dime was issued in 1946. The obverse depicted the profile bust of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The reverse design is that of a torch flanked by an olive branch on the left and an oak branch on the right. The Roosevelt Dime marked the first time that a U.S. Dime that depicted a figure other than Lady Liberty!
The Roosevelt Dime was designed by John R. Sinnock. His initials 'JS' appear on the obverse at the truncation of the neck. When the coin was originally issued, it was rumored, by an ignorant and paranoid post-was public, that the JS was placed on the coin to show allegiance to Joseph Stalin. Although this is completely false, it can be noted that the next coin Sinnock designed bore his full initials JAS. (Stalin's middle name is Vissarionovich!) Sinnock also designed the Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963).
The Roosevelt Dime was originally composed of 90% Silver and 10% Copper. Since pure silver is very soft, copper was added to all circulating silver coins to harden them and prevent excessive wear. The silver Roosevelt Dimes were struck from 1946 to 1964. They had a weight of 2.50 grams and a reeded edge. The edges of most silver coins were reeded to make evident any attempt to shave silver off the coin.
In 1965 the composition was changed to a 75% Copper and 25% Nickel outer shell bonded to a pure copper middle. The weight of these 'clad' dimes is slightly less at 2.27 grams. This composition is still used today for circulating issues. All Roosevelt Dimes have a diameter of 17.9 mm. The edges of the clad piece are still reeded for traditions' sake.
Starting in 1992, the San Francisco Mint resumed production of Silver Roosevelt Dimes. These silver dimes are struck only as Proof Editions, for sale in collector sets, and were not placed into circulation.
Roosevelt Dimes are still in current production in both clad and silver versions. These ten cent pieces have been struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point Mints.
The origin of the word 'dime' is from the Latin 'decima' meaning tenth part. The first use of the word in the U.S. was actually spelled 'disme'.
AVERAGE CIRCULATED: A typical circulated coin from the period. All major features are easily identifiable. Date and mint mark are clear and readable.
P (Philadelphia): The 'P' mint mark is located on the obverse, to the right of the truncation of the neck, just above the date.*
D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark was originally located on the reverse to the left of the bottom of the torch. In 1968 the mint mark was relocated to the obverse, to the right of the truncation of the neck, just above the date, where it remains to this day.
S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark was originally located on the reverse to the left of the bottom of the torch. In 1968 the mint mark was relocated to the obverse, to the right of the truncation of the neck, just above the date, where it remains to this day.
* Note: Roosevelt Dimes struck in Philadelphia prior to 1980 bear no mint mark.
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