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08 Sep 2019

Dimes, Winged Liberty and Roosevelt, 1931-1946

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1931 saw normal mintage for the Winged Liberty Dimes, with a little lower numbers from the Denver mint, making it a little more valuable. The Great Depression was a 10 year period that lasted from 1929-1939. During these dates, there were years that saw no mintage for certain coins. For dimes, this was from 1932-1933 for the Philadelphia and Denver mints. San Francisco did not mint any dimes from 1932-1934. After that period, mintage resumed normally for the rest of the depression. In 1941, the largest mintage of dimes to that date was coined at the Philadelphia mint, with 175,090,000 dimes minted. Philadelphia’s mintage the year before was only 65,350,000. The following year was another mintage record. 205,410,000 dimes were struck at the Philadelphia mint. However, there were some mistakes, like the 1942, 42 over 41 die variety. This happened at both the Philadelphia mint and the Denver mint. An estimated 3,500 of these 1942 over 41 dimes were struck at the Philadelphia mint, and still survive today. An estimated 3,000 of these dimes were struck at the Denver mint, and still survive today. The Denver 1942/41 error Winged Liberty Dime is the third rarest dime of the series. Late in the series, the Philadelphia mint again passed its own record for largest mintage of dimes, this time minting 231,410,000 dimes in 1944. In 1945, the San Francisco mint created a die variety with a micro S, which is worth a little more in lower grades, reaching over $100 in higher grades. In 1945, all three mints, Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco, all struck their last Winged Head Liberty, or Mercury, dime. Together, over 225,00,000 of these dimes were struck for the last year of the series, considered the most beautiful series, not only for the dime, but for all American coinage. Later in 1945, on April 12, Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Roosevelt is the founder of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, also known as The March of Dimes. The decision for a new series of dime was brought to legislation by Ralph Daughton, and as it was agreed upon, everyone rushed to get everything ready for the premier year, the next year. In fact, due to the shortness of time that was allowed to finish the dime and its following preparations, it is the first US regular issue coin that was designed by a mint employee in more than 40 years. John R. Sinnock was the designer of the Roosevelt presidential medal, and therefore was chosen to design the new dime series. His designs were accepted on January 6, 1946. The dimes were released on January 30th of the same year, on what would have been Roosevelt’s 64th birthday.


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