Roosevelt Dime, Silver, Coin Type from United States - detailed information

Roosevelt Dime, Silver, Coin Type from United States (issued 1946 - 1964)
Coin TypeRoosevelt Dime, Silver

The dime, in United States usage, is a ten-cent coin (10¢), one tenth of a United States dollar, labelled formally as "one dime". After the half dime became five cents in 1873, the dime is now the only United States coin in general circulation that is not denominated in terms of dollars or cents.

The denomination exists since the introduction of US currency. It was initially a larger silver coin featuring the draped bust of Liberty (1796 - 1807), then a smaller capped bust of Liberty (1809 - 1837), then with a Seated Liberty obverse (1837 - 1891) which was in turn replaced by the Barber Dime (1892 - 1916) and then the Mercury Dime (1916 - 1945).

The Roosevelt Dime was introduced in 1946, shortly after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, and features his portrait on the obverse. Designed by John R. Sinnock. The reverse shows a torch in the centre, representing liberty, flanked by an olive sprig representing peace, and one of oak symbolising strength and independence; the design as a whole is symbolic of the victorious end of World War II.

The coin was minted in 90% silver until 1964 and was then debased to copper-nickel without any change to the design. Silver coinage disappeared from circulation but these coins have never been demonetised and are still legal tender. This, of course, is of academic interest only, as their numismatic and bullion value is much higher than their face value.

Obverse
United States / Roosevelt Dime, Silver - obverse photo

Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin shows the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the Unite States, facing left .

The designer's initials JS (for John Sinnock) are below the neck truncation of the portrait. To the right of that and much larger, the date of issue: [year].

Around left in large letters, the inscription LIBERTY.

On two lines below left, the national motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST [year]
Reverse
United States / Roosevelt Dime, Silver - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows a torch in the centre, representing liberty, flanked by an olive sprig representing peace, and one of oak symbolising strength and independence; the design as a whole is symbolic of the victorious end of World War II.

Around above, in large letters the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; separated from this by two dots, around below are the value and denomination: · ONE DIME ·.

Interrupted by the torch and two branches, horizontally in the lower half of the design is the motto E · PLURIBUS · UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity).

Coins struck by the Philadelphia Mint have no mint mark. Coins struck by other mints have a mint mark in the form of a letter placed to the left of the base of torch.

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA · ONE DIME ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Roosevelt Dime, Silver - (19) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
One Dime 1946 Roosevelt 344,193,500 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1946
One Dime 1947 Roosevelt 203,195,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1947
One Dime 1948 Roosevelt 163,311,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1948
One Dime 1949 Roosevelt 70,484,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1949
One Dime 1950 Roosevelt 117,424,500 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1950
One Dime 1951 Roosevelt 192,096,602 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1951
One Dime 1952 Roosevelt 265,641,573 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1952
One Dime 1953 Roosevelt 229,231,920 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1953
One Dime 1954 Roosevelt 243,500,503 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1954
One Dime 1955 Roosevelt 45,297,381 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1955
One Dime 1956 Roosevelt 217,324,384 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1956
One Dime 1957 Roosevelt 274,762,282 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1957
One Dime 1958 Roosevelt 169,350,252 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1958
One Dime 1959 Roosevelt 251,849,081 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1959
One Dime 1960 Roosevelt 272,242,002 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1960
One Dime 1961 Roosevelt 305,904,794 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1961
One Dime 1962 Roosevelt 410,616,399 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1962
One Dime 1963 Roosevelt 548,202,175 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1963
One Dime 1964 Roosevelt 2,290,827,942 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1964
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Roosevelt Dime, Silver: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Sub-type ofOne Dime
From1946
To1964
Face Value10 (x Cent)
CurrentNo
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerJohn R. Sinnock
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size17.910 mm
Thickness1.000 mm
Mass2.500 g