Roosevelt Dime

50 Pre-1964 Roosevelt Dimes - 90% Silver Many collectable grades from estate. 6 bids Ending Today at 2:30PM PST 14h 7m. 1946 - 2019 UNC PROOF COMPLETE Dansco Collection ROOSEVELT Dime Set! 16 bids Ending Feb 10 at 6:03PM PST 6d 1h. Roosevelt dimes replaced the Mercury dime in 1946. In the beginning of the series all dimes continued with an alloy of 90% silver to 10% copper. Because of silver content all dimes 1946 to 1964 are worth well above face value. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is portrayed on the obverse, first dimes released on January 30, 1946.

  1. Roosevelt Dime Value
  2. Roosevelt Dimes Worth Money
  3. Roosevelt Dime Mintages
  4. Roosevelt Dime Collection Starting 1946
Circulating Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1796 to Present
  • Authorizing Legislation: Coinage Act of 1792


The “Roosevelt” theme is the current design of the U.S. 10-cent coin. The U.S. Mint first issued this design in 1946, soon after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Mint released it on January 30 of that year to honor his birthday. The obverse (heads) shows Roosevelt’s profile. The torch, olive branch, and oak branch on the reverse (tails) represent liberty, peace, and strength.

The dime was a logical choice for honoring Roosevelt because he supported the March of Dimes, a program that raised funds for research to find a cure for polio. He contracted polio when he was 39 years old.

The Mint made the first dimes in 1796. They were small silver coins. The designs from 1796 to 1837 showed Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. In 1837, a wreath design replaced the eagle. Liberty, in various forms, stayed on the dime until 1946.

Roosevelt Dime Value

From 1916 to 1945, the Mint produced the “Mercury” dime designed by Adolph A. Weinman. The obverse showed a profile of Liberty wearing a cap with wings to represent freedom of thought. The design got its name because it reminded people of the Roman god, Mercury. A fasces – a bundle of rods tied around an axe – and an olive branch appeared on the reverse. The two symbols represented America’s military readiness and the desire for peace. The Mercury dime is considered one of the most beautiful coins in our country’s history.

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In 1965, the Mint removed silver from the dime and the composition became copper-nickel clad.

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Obverse (heads): Shows the left-facing bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt featured since 1946.Roosevelt Dime
Reverse (tails): Displays a torch with an olive branch on the left and an oak branch on the right. The torch signifies liberty, the olive branch peace, and the oak branch represents strength and independence.

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Obverse Inscriptions

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Reverse Inscriptions


Roosevelt Dime Mintages

Mint and Mint Mark


CompositionWeightDiameterThicknessEdgeNo. of Reeds
Balance Cu
2.268 g
17.91 mm
1.35 mmReeded118

Artist Information

Roosevelt Dime Collection Starting 1946

  • Sculptor: John Sinnock