Posted on Feb 1, 2020
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The Roosevelt Dime by Bill Bennett and John Cribb
Since January 1946, U.S. dimes have carried an image of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The U.S. Mint issued the coin less than a year after Roosevelt’s death. Before 1946, U.S. dimes carried images of female figures representing Liberty.

The Roosevelt Dime was issued in part to honor FDR’s efforts in establishing the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now known as the March of Dimes), which was founded to help defeat polio. Roosevelt and others urged Americans to send dimes to the foundation to fight the dreaded disease.

The back of the Roosevelt Dime shows three emblems: an olive branch, a torch, and an oak branch. The olive branch (left of the torch) stands for peace. The torch, which is an image of the one held by the Statue of Liberty, stands for freedom. The oak branch stands for safety, security, and strength.

Soon after the coin’s release, controversy erupted when people noticed the tiny letters “JS” beneath Roosevelt’s neck. Rumors spread that a Communist agent at the Mint had placed the letters there to honor the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. In truth, the initials belong to John Sinnock, the coin’s designer.

American History Parade
1950
President Truman announces he has ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
1958
The United States enters the Space Age with the launch of its first satellite, Explorer I.
1961
Ham the Chimp becomes the first chimpanzee in outer space when he blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Project Mercury rocket.
1990
McDonald’s opens its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, symbolizing a triumph of capitalism over Communism following the end of the Cold War.
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CPT Jack Durish
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I well-remember collecting dimes as a child (long, long ago when a dime was worth a dime) and storing them in a card with die cut slots for each, then contributing it to the March of Dimes. As an adult, one of my in-laws was an employee of the March of Dimes and persuaded me to do some creative work for them. Then I learned how the March of Dimes wasn't really such a "good deal". The executives were pocketing a large percentage of the take. Somehow it's a metaphor for FDR's Administration. Of course, he didn't profit from his terms as President. He didn't peddle influence as many modern politicians have. However, his well-intentioned efforts weren't as productive as once thought. While he helped the progressive movement expand government cancerously beyond its enumerated powers, his efforts helped keep the nation mired in the Great Depression. Think of that when you see a dime these days...
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SSG William Jones
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CPT Jack Durish Lt Col Charlie Brown

Cap'n Jack, I also remember the slotted cards for inserting dimes in. I was pretty young and that memory isn't vivid, but I really DO remember them.
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Amn Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill
Amn Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill
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I remember those cards, as well. I never had any spending money, however.
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PVT Mark Zehner
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Thank you for the information!
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Amn Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill
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I had Infantile paralysis (polio) as a 2 yr old. Until we moved to VA, the only vaccine I'd ever taken was for polio. Very scary disease.
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