March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Approved in House

by Mike Unser on August 3, 2012 · 7 comments

On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation calling for a 2015-dated commemorative coin in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes.

2012 Roosevelt Dime

President Franklin Roosevelt’s image on the 10-cent coin is remindful of his founding of the March of Dimes.

Introduced by Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) on October 13, 2011, the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act would authorize the U.S. Mint to produce up to 500,000 silver dollars in collector proof and uncirculated qualities.

Known today as the March of Dimes Foundation but originally named the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP), the organization was established on January 3, 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat polio. With vaccines ending the polio epidemic in the U.S. around the mid 1950’s, today the March of Dimes works to improve the health of mothers and babies.

Numbered H.R. 3187, the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act specifies that the silver dollar design contain motifs that represent the "past, present, and future of the March of Dimes and its role as champion for all babies."

Each commemorative coin would feature specifications used for modern silver dollars, including a 90% silver composition, a 1.5 inch diameter and 26.73 gram weight. These proposed coins are much larger than Roosevelt dimes which were first introduced into American circulation in 1946 and were struck of 90% silver until 1964. Roosevelt dimes today are produced from 8.33% nickel with the remaining balance copper to a diameter of 0.705 inches and a weight of 2.268 grams.

Sales of each commemorative coin would include a $10 surcharge paid to the March of Dimes to help finance research, education, and services for improving the health of women, infants, and children. The proof and uncirculated silver dollars could be sold directly by the U.S. Mint for up to one year, beginning on January 1, 2015.

A companion bill (S. 1935) was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC] and Sen. Susan Collins [R-NH] on December 1, 2011. It has stood in the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs ever since.

For commemorative coin legislation to become law, it must pass both in the House and Senate and get signed by the President.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe August 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

1.5 inch diameter Roosevelt 90% silver dime that would be cool. That would sell and for a good cause.

bill August 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm

wow! cool!

I want a roll of 50! In a extra large replica bank wrapper!

Now how about a 5 oz Franklin/Kennedy half! A 10 oz IKE dollar!!!

A one pound Morgan!!!!

i should be a congressman and get paid to think this stuff up.

Joe August 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

1.5 inch diameter is the size of a normal 1 dollar commemorative.Didn’t play football growing up bill.

jim August 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

The Roosevelt dime didn’t come out until 8 yrs after the March of Dimes started.

Plus the bill says nothing about replicating the Roosevelt dime but rather employing “motifs that represent past, present, and future…” which means dull, boring, mundane images rather than something beautiful, exciting, and attractive that would make it an esthetically desirable collectable coin. Definitely a cause worth commemorating but likely a coin only collectors and March of Dimes people will buy.

RonnieBGood August 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

Recently watched a documentary about the March of Dimes. President Roosevelt himself poured a large bag of collected dimes for the program on his desk (for the movie reel audience to see). They were all Mercury Dimes (of course).

Joe August 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I saw that documentary great President. Would love to pick through that pile of Mercury Dimes. Imagine all that silver in peoples pockets back then.

Munzen December 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Why not a 1-year change in the dime’s reverse, in addition to a non-circulating commemorative? It would mean a lot of free publicity and be a reminder that FDR is on the dime for a good reason.

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