“First of all let me say what makes my girl a dime is more than what you see, and not just ’cause her body is fine. She stood by me when nobody will come around. She looked me up when I was down.” – Charlie Wilson
The Roosevelt Dime is a US dime piece that was first produced in 1946, to honor President Franklin Delano Roosevelt after his death because of all of his work with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March of Dimes). President Roosevelt had been a victim of polio, and was instrumental in the organization of this foundation.
The NFIP originally raised money to aid polio victims and to fund research for a cure. They asked for donors to send a dime, which is where the name “March of Dimes” came from.
U.S. Mint Director Nellie Tayloe Ross planned in advance for this dime to be released on what would have been President Roosevelt’s 64th birthday, January 30, 1946 – also the day that the 1946 March of Dimes fundraiser began.
Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock was chosen to design the new dime because he had previously designed a medal of President Roosevelt. Sinnock’s design including Roosevelt on the front and the following on the reverse: a torch symbolizing liberty, an olive branch symbolizing peace, and an oak branch symbolizing victory.
Through 1964, Roosevelt dimes were made of 90% silver and 10% copper (1946-1964). After 1964, they are clad.
The Roosevelt dime’s ‘key’ dates and their values in dug condition are:
- 1949-S ($3 to $5)
- 1955 ($3 to $5)
- 1955-D ($3 to $5)
- 1955-S ($3 to $5)
- 1996-W — released only in mint sets so probably not dug ($15 to $20)
Here are some of the error coins to look for and their value in average dug condition:
- 1960 doubled-die obverse — proof ($100 to $300)
- 1963 doubled-die reverse — proof ($100 to $300)
- 1964-D doubled-die reverse ($50)
- 1968 no-S — proof ($7,000 to $10,000)
- 1970 no-S — proof ($400 to $800)
- 1982 no-mint mark ($250 to $500)
- 1983 no-S — proof ($500 to $700)