Features a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. One of the few U.S. coins designed by a regular mint employee, chief engraver John R. Sinnock. The impression of his initials ‘JS' on some of the first issues fueled some anti-communist sentiment, with activists claiming the ‘JS' stood for Josef Stalin.
Authorized shortly after the death of President Roosevelt, the Roosevelt junk silver dimes are the next run in a series of coins originally authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792, making them some of the oldest minted coins in U.S. history. Part of the reason for choosing Roosevelt was to recognize his efforts in helping establish the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which later changed its name to the March of Dimes. After 1964, the Roosevelt dime was no longer made with silver but rather a mix of non-precious metals.
- Mint: US Mint
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted annually between 1946 and 1964
- Silver Content: 90% Silver and 10% Copper
- Diameter: 17.91 mm in diameter (0.705 in.)
- Thickness: 1.35 mm in thickness (0.053 in.)
- Weight: 0.07234 troy ounces .999 Fine Silver and Copper
- Face Value: $0.10
- Coin Highlights:
- The US dime was authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792
- The 90% silver Roosevelt dime was only manufactured between 1946 and 1964
- The dime is currently manufactured from various non-precious metals
- Prior to 1965, all circulation coins contained some precious metal
- Currently, 90% Junk Silver is used as an investment tool
Junk silver dimes are one of the least inexpensive ways to invest in silver bullion. Anyone can buy these 90% junk silver dimes and begin a portfolio. Many investors buy Roosevelt dime junk silver coins as a barter tool in the event of an emergency.