Series notes: Roosevelt Dimes (Proof)

Roosevelt dimes have been struck since 1946, and the first proof versions were released only a few short years later, beginning in 1950. The Roosevelt dime, designed by John R. Sinnock, offers many excellent opportunities for buyers and sellers in proof. Options are plentiful and affordable in among the 90% silver specimens, which were minted until 1964, and the 1960 doubled die proof is one of the most significant proof-only silver varieties in the series.

San Francisco-minted copper-nickel clad proofs were first released in 1968, and the United States Mint inadvertently provided the hobby with an incredible run of proof Roosevelt dime varieties from the late 1960s through early 1980s missing their ?S? mintmarks. The most valuable of these varieties is the 1975 no-S proof Roosevelt dime, which has traded for more than $300,000 and is easily one of the valuable modern United States coins. Other no-S proof Roosevelt dimes are the 1968 no-S, 1970 no-S, and 1983 no-S Roosevelt dimes.

Production of 90% silver proofs resumed in 1992, and the US Mint has since struck its first modern ?P? Mint reverse proof Roosevelt dimes and first ?W? Mint proof Roosevelt dimes, which were packaged with the 2015 March of Dimes commemorative silver dollar. The 2015-P silver reverse proof Roosevelt dime and 2015-W silver proof Roosevelt dime have not gained in price appreciably since their glory days in 2015 when they were quickly sold out along with the March of Dime silver dollar. While all modern proofs are superior in quality and possess deep cameo devices, all Roosevelt dimes predating the mid 1970s and bearing cameo contrast are worth significantly more than ordinary proofs.

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