More than 270 million Roosevelt dimes were minted during the first year of the 1960s, a decade that would prove to be about as turbulent for the United States Mint as it was for the rest of society. The production of 90 percent silver regular-issue coinage would end in 1965, and the complete abolition of mintmarks for three years occurred that same year as a response to a coin shortage that was wrongly blamed on numismatists.
But, in 1960, those problems were still relatively far off, and it was otherwise status quo for the Roosevelt dime in 1960, with few signs of any differences for the coin that year from the 1950s, save for the changing of two digits on the date. What follows is a breakdown of the mintages for 1960 Roosevelt dimes, which carried grossly similar mintage figures from 1959:
1960 – 70,390,000; $3
1960-D – 200,160,400; $3
1960 proof – 1,691,602; $4
1960 proof doubled die obverse – mintage unknown; $350
*Values are for coins in a grade of Extremely Fine 40, unless otherwise noted.
The Roosevelt dime series is not known for spawning many “interesting” issues, but one particularly eye-catching variety rolled out of the mint that year in the doubled die proof. These are very scarce, and extremely nice versions can fetch prices higher than those listed here.