Shortly after Franklin Roosevelt's death in 1945, it was decided that he would be honored with his image on a U.S. coin. Dimes were chosen and U.S. Mint engraver John Sinnock quickly designed a coin to be released in concert with a 1946 March of Dimes fundraiser (Roosevelt, who had Polio, had founded the March of Dimes).

The same design with a profile bust of Roosevelt on the obverse has been used ever since, with only minor tweaking of the location of the mintmark. However, when the coin was first produced, it was made out of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. After the “coin shortage” of the early 1960s, a clad coin comprised of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel was released in 1965. Surprisingly, the old Roosevelt dimes containing silver are not necessarily more collectible than the later ones.

An interesting controversy surrounding the Roosevelt dime concerned the presence of the engraver’s initials, J.S., on the obverse. Roosevelt opponents and others darkly claimed this stood for Communist leader Josef Stalin and not John Sinnock. The Mint vehemently defended its engraver and the initials remain on Roosevelt dimes to this day.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1964 10c Roosevelt Dime Pcgs Ms64 Sample Error 1961-d Ruffco Sample Rare!!!!!!!!Lot Of 6 Rolls Silver Roosevelt Dimes 1946-64 Mixed Dates Low Grade ☆ 300 CoinsRoosevelt Silver Dimes (300)Collection Of 309 Silver Roosevelt Dimes... Starting Bid Well Below SpotSilver - Lot Of 200 Us Roosevelt Dimes - 90% Silver - Dates From 1946-1964Two Hundred And Fifty (250) Roosevelt Circulated Silver Dimes, UnsearchedBrilliant Uncirculated Set Silver Roosevelt Dimes 1946 To 1964 48 Dimes TotalComplete Set Roosevelt Silver Dime 1946-1964 Bu Uncirculated Capitol? Holder 1946 -1963 D Roosevelt Dime Set Gem Uncirculated, 1947 P, D, S, 1948 1949, 10c1955 Roosevelt Dime 10c ~ Pcgs Ms66 Fb ~ Full Bands! #3256Two Rolls Roosevelt 90% Uncirculated Silver Dimes 100 Coins Lot '64 & '62 EstateU.s. Roosevelt Silver Dimes Lot Of 104 1946-1964 **nice Lot**Two Rolls (100 Dimes) - 90% Silver 1964 & 1964d Uncirculated Roosevelt Dimes1982 Roosevelt Dime No Mintmark(2) Rolls Of 50 Mixed Roosevelt 90% Silver 1946 Thru 1964 Dimes (100 Dimes!)2 Rolls 100 Count Silver Roosevelt Dimes Pre 1964 $10 Face Value2 Full Rolls (100) Coins Of 1946 -1964 Silver Roosevelt Dimes$10 Silver Roosevelt Dimes (2 Rolls - 100 Coins) 1946-1964"s" Mint Roosevelt Dime Roll $5 Roll Uncirculated Dimes Nr Free Ship1949-d Roosevelt Silver Dimes, Bu, 1/2 Roll (25)2 Rolls Silver Roosevelt Dimes (100 Coins)1950 D 10c Ms-67 Fb Pcgs Secure+ Roosevelt Silver Dime Rainbow Toned!!!!!1x $5 Bu Uncirculated "d" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-1964$5 Uncirculated Bu "p" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-1964 551x $5 Bu Uncirculated "d" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-19641x $5 Bu Uncirculated "d" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-19641x $5 Bu Uncirculated "d" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-19641963 Roosevelt - 1964 Washington- 1964 Jfk - 1922 Peace - Ngc Binion Hoard2 Rolls 100 Count Silver Roosevelt Dimes $10 Face Value(20) 1963 Roosevelt Silver Dime ~ Pcgs Ms66 ~ Us Coin Lot Set With Box Sku-502 1963 Silver Dime Roosevelt Roll Unc$5 Uncirculated Bu "p" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-1964 57Roll Of 50 1960 D 10c Roosevelt Silver Dimes$6.50 90% Silver Roosevelt Dimes 1962 Silver Dime Roosevelt Roll UncRoll Of 1950-d 10c Roosevelt Dimes! (54 Coins) 90% SilverLot Of 70 Roosevelt Silver Dimes 1946-1964Roll Of 50 1960 D 10c Roosevelt Silver DimesRoll Of 1964 D Roosevelt Silver Dimes Uncirculated Mint Condition 50 Coins 90%Roll Of 50 1962 10c Roosevelt Silver Dimes$5 Uncirculated Bu "p" Mint Silver Roosevelt Dime Roll Unknown Year 1946-1964 56Roll Of 1962 10c Roosevelt Silver DimesRoll Of 50 1955 D Roosevelt Dimes Bankwrapped Bu 90% SilverRoll Of 1962 D Bu Silver Roosevelt Dimes! 50 Coins! ....90% Silver....Original Roll Of 1964 Roosevelt Silver Dimes Brilliant Uncirculated Toned 90% Roll Of 50 1964 D Roosevelt Dimes Bankwrapped Bu 90% Silver1961 Roosevelt Silver Dime ~ Pcgs Ms66 Fb Full Bands! ~ Stunning! #4401Roosevelt Silver Dimes Lot Of 50Complete Minus 1952-p Roosevelt Silver Dime Set 1946-1964 + Silver Type CoinsRoosevelt Dimes, 1964d Uncirculated, Junk SilverRoll Of 1952-s 10c Roosevelt Dimes! (53 Coins) 90% SilverB1 (50) Silver Roosevelt Dimes 1946-1964 1 Roll 90% Silver B1Roll Of 50 1962 P 10c Roosevelt Silver DimesRoll Of 1948-s 10c Roosevelt Dimes! (54 Coins) 90% SilverRoll Of 50 1959 D 10c Roosevelt Silver DimesRoll Of 50 Roosevelt Dimes 90% Silver Mixed Dates CirculatedA4 (50) Silver Roosevelt Dimes 1946-1964 1 Roll 90% Silver B2 1 Roll (50) Silver Roosevelt Dimes 1946-1964 90% Silver B2Lot Of 50 10c Roosevelt Silver Dimes50 Roosevelt Dimes $5 Face Mixed Dates 90% Silver Mixed Conditions #603