Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Roosevelt Dime (1946 - present)

1945 Roosevelt Dime
The Roosevelt Dime was designed by Jogn R. Sinnock in the memory of one of the most popular presidents of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Only a year after his death, Roosevelt got his portrait placed on the obverse of the U.S. dime. Around the left rim LIBERTY was inscribed. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed at the bottom left of the coin, while the date is at the bottom right below Roosevelt's neck. The sate on the dime was designed in a more modernistic character with heavier lettering. On the reverse, Sinnock replaced the fasces with a torch surrounded by an olive branch and an oak branch, symbols of peace. Just like it happened with the Franklin Half Dollar designed by the same person, the Roosevelt Dime raised political controversy about the designer's initials JS on the obverse. Bigots started spreading rumors that the JS initials stood for the Communist leader Joseph Stalin and it was a disgrace to the United States Mint. All dates and mintmarks of Roosevelt dimes were issued in huge quantities. Therefore, collectors will have no difficulty to locate any date of this type, in any grades at a low premium.

The Roosevelt Dime was struck in silver until 1964. From 1965 on, they were made of copper-nickel bonded to inner core of pure copper. Therefore, there are two types of Roosevelt dimes: Type 1 Silver (1946-1964 and 1992-present) and Type 2 Clad (1965-present).

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Roosevelt Dimes in different grades and condition, certified and graded by PCGS. Our selection includes early date dimes with beautiful toning or mirror-like surfaces and full luster. We also offer Silver Roosevelt Dime Proof Rolls. All dimes we display are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your unique collection! Check out our online selection below.