ROOSEVELT DIMES

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Average Circulated

                    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 History of the Roosevelt Dime (1946 to 1999):

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'.


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

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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