Roughly 250 million Roosevelt dimes were struck in 1959, a year that saw heavy production of United States coins across all denominations. This was also the first year the modern uncirculated set (which contain one example of each issue, instead of two) was issued by the United States Mint, making the cost of buying a set of Mint State examples of all circulating U.S. coinage a little less expensive than in previous years. Proof sets were also issued in 1959, and include an example of the Roosevelt dime.
Here is a run-down of the mintages of 1959 Roosevelt dimes:
1959 – 85,780,000; $3
1959-D – 164,919,790; $3
1959 proof – 1,149,291; $5
*Values are for coins in a grade of Extremely Fine 40, unless otherwise noted.
The Roosevelt dime was just as popular in 1959 as it was in 1946, the first year the coin was issued by the United States Mint. The Roosevelt dime, which was designed by John R. Sinnock, features a bust of the 32nd president on the obverse and, on the reverse, several symbolic features: a lit torch that signifies Liberty, an olive branch that represents peace, and an olive branch, which exudes strength and independence.