Interesting Facts About the Roosevelt Dime:
-- Introduced in 1946 following Franklin Delano Roosevelt's passing, John R. Sinnock's realistic portrait of F.D.R. captures the great spirit of the leader who carried the nation through the Depression and World War II.
-- On the reverse is the torch of freedom, flanked by laurel and oak.
-- Roosevelt dimes were minted in 90% silver from 1946 to 1964. When the market price of silver exceeded the coins' face value in 1965, the silver dime and was replaced by a copper-nickel type.
-- By the late 1960s, one expert estimates, upwards of 75% of silver Roosevelt dimes had been destroyed in private melts. According to authority Henry A. Merton, a larger proportion of Roosevelt dimes were lost than any other silver denomination.
-- Countless Roosevelt dimes were contributed to the famous March of Dimes campaign, which helped pay for the medical research that eventually conquered polio. Franklin Roosevelt, who suffered from the disease, had founded the organization in 1938.