The Portrait was lifted from a previous medal design which was created by sculptor Selma Burke and then adapted to the coin by Mint cheif engraver John Sinnock. The resulting Obverse is actually rather pleasant although to my eye the Protrait could as well look like Harry truman as Roosevelt.
Selma Burke's Plaque of Franklin Roosevelt
John Sinnock protrait of Franklin Roosevelt on the US Dime
I've pulled a number of dimes from circulation over the last few years, starting with this 1957 silver specimen. When I was young there were a lot of silver coins still in circulation. today, however, silver examples in circulation is very rare. This dime was pulled by me in early 2007.
1957 Silver Roosevelt Dime pulled from circulation 2007
This is a very decent 1985 P Roosevelt pulled from circulation. These business strikes are hard to find in good
shape. for one thing, they weren't struck particulary well. This is an exceptional pull. This dime has slight
doubling on the date.
1985 Clad Roosevelt P pulled from Circulation
This is a 1997 P Dime with a nice luster
1997 Roosevelt Dime P
This is a 2001 D which I thought looked great in the hand but on photographying it
seems to have some decent rim nicks and chatter.
This is a nice shiny 2003 D
This is a nice 1951 D
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