The first of the Franklin D. Roosevelt dimes was issued on January 30, 1946 which was Roosevelt's birthday. It was Roosevelt who started the March of Dimes which encouraged Americans to send dimes to fund polio research. It worked.
1894 when the first case of polio was reported it ballooned to over 50,000 cases by 1952. By 1979 the last four cases were reported by people who refused the vaccine.
What stopped this disease that killed and crippled was research and funding by March of Dimes and other organizations. Honoring the March of Dimes and President Roosevelt will continue next year with a commemorative dollar coin.
Here's the stats for this dime...
Type/Country: 10 Cents / United States
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Value: $1.50 in G-4 (a silver value of $1.5017, a copper value of $0.002)
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