Hundreds of millions of 1954 Roosevelt dimes were struck to meet the demands of both general commerce and numismatists alike, who loved the coin honoring the 32nd United States president. Upon Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s death in 1945, the U.S. government decided to honor the fallen president, who had polio, on the dime – a coin symbolic of the Roosevelt’s March of Dimes, an organization he founded years earlier to fight the disease.
The Roosevelt dime features the president’s bust on the obverse. The reverse depicts a flaming torch, which is representative of Liberty, an oak branch that symbolizes independence and strength, and an olive branch that promises peace.
Below are the mintage figures for the 1954 Roosevelt dime:
1954 – 114,010,203; $3
1954-D – 106,397,000; $3
1954-S – 22,860,000; $3
1954 proof – 233,300; $20
*Values are for coins in a grade of Extremely Fine 40, unless otherwise noted.
1954 Roosevelt dimes are generally considered common, through the proof specimens are substantially scarcer than their regular-issue counterparts. Ardent enthusiasts of the Roosevelt dime will find acquiring the proof specimens essential for their collections, though proofs are usually not considered requisite to completing a regular issue collection and can be skipped they are found to be financially necessary.