The Roosevelt dime is the current ten-cent piece of the United States,
displaying President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the obverse. Authorized
soon after his death in 1945, it has been produced by the Mint
continuously since 1946 in large numbers. Roosevelt had been stricken
with polio, and was one of the moving forces of the March of Dimes. The
ten-cent coin could legally be changed by the Mint without the need for
congressional action, and officials moved quickly to replace the Mercury
dime. Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock prepared models, but faced repeated
criticism from the Commission of Fine Arts. He modified his design in
response, and the coin went into circulation in January 1946. The Mint
transitioned from striking the coin in silver to base metal in 1965, and
the design remains essentially unaltered from when Sinnock created it.
Without rare dates or silver content, the dime is less widely sought by
coin collectors than other modern American coins.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Siward, Earl of Northumbria, led an invasion of Scotland and
defeated Macbeth, King of Scotland, in a battle north of the Firth of
Anglo-French War: French and British fleets fought to a
standoff west of Ushant, which led to political disputes in both
Second World War: Allied forces halted the Axis invasion of
Egypt (Erwin Rommel pictured with aides).
Members of Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted to overthrow the
government of Trinidad and Tobago by taking hostages at the Red House
including Prime Minister A. N. R. Robinson, before surrendering six days
While covering a police pursuit in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., two
news helicopters collided in mid-air, killing both crews.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(rare or obsolete) As is my wont (custom, habit).
Wikiquote quote of the day:
There was silence deep as death, And the boldest held his breath,
For a time.
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