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[1946 to Date] Roosevelt Dimes

The Roosevelt Dime was created to honor the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who died in 1945. Designed by the United States Mint’s Chief Engraver at the time, John R. Sinnock, the coin displays his initials at the base of Roosevelt's neck, on the coin's obverse. The reverse design elements of a torch, olive branch, and oak branch symbolize liberty, peace, and strength. It was released to the public on January 30th, 1946, which would have been Roosevelt’s 64th birthday and continues to be issued to this day. When originally released, the coin weighed 2.5 grams, had a 17.9 millimeter diameter and was stuck on a planchet that contained an alloy of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper for an Actual Silver Weight (ASW) of .07234 ounces of pure silver. With the Coinage Act of 1965, the composition changed to a cupronickel alloy of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel that sandwiched a pure copper core.

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