March of Dimes Recognized with 2015 Commemorative Coins

by Mike Unser on December 24, 2012 · 7 comments

2012 Roosevelt Dime

March of Dimes Commemorative Coins for 2015 became a reality last week when President Obama signed a bill into law that authorizes the U.S. Mint to produce and issue silver dollars celebrating the Foundation’s 75th Anniversary.

On Dec. 18, the President signed the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act of 2012. The bill, introduced as H.R. 3187 on Oct. 13, 2012, became Public Law No: 112-209. It directs the striking and selling of up to 500,000 commemorative coins in collector proof and uncirculated qualities during calendar year 2015.

The silver dollars in the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Program will have designs that are representative of the Foundation’s mission to support moms and babies. These commemorative coins will have a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, a weight of 26.73 grams and a diameter of 1.50 inches.

Sales prices will not be known for some time, but each silver dollar sold by the United States Mint will include a $10 surcharge to support the March of Dimes and its goal of improving the health of women, infants, and children.

Created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Jan. 3, 1938 to fight the U.S. polio epidemic, the March of Dimes Foundation was first known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Fund-raising campaigns to help combat polio focused on small donations. The public had been encouraged to send dimes to the Foundation and it became known as the "March of Dimes." The hugely successful campaigns were instrumental in largely ending polio in the U.S. by the late 1950’s. Roosevelt’s association with the Foundation and his passing in 1945 led to his image on the obverse of the 10-cent coin in 1946.

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Kevin December 25, 2012 at 1:24 am

Whatever happened to the discussion to not allow the surcharge to go to the respective organizations? Wasn’t the surcharge supposed to reduce the national debt? One million down, one hundred trillion to go. Oh I forgot. Congress may reduce spending by 2.5$T over 10 years, while at the same time increasing the debt by 1$T a year. I’m so confused.

annie December 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

off topic: i think the 2013w american eagle two coin silver dollars set price will go for $149.95 per set. it should have a w mint mark reverse proof and a regular w mint mark proof.

jim December 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

Celebrating the March of DIMES we will have a commemorative silver $1 that looks nothing like a dime. Doesn’t that just sound right?

Brian V. December 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Off topic also… Is anybody else wondering why there isn’t a JFK 50th anniversary commemorative in 2013 ??? They could of just copied the Kennedy Half, like the 2001 Buffalo coin, and sell out the complete proof and biz strikes for sure. Somebody is asleep at the wheel at the Treasury Dept.

Kevin December 27, 2012 at 12:56 am

Brian V, yes a popular coin version, that would have been.

Re JFK, I visited Dealey Plaza in Dallas this year….a trip I would recommend. X marks the spot(s) in the street where the bullets hit the president. Chilling piece of history.

jim December 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

JFK was born in 1917 – they can do a commemorative in 2017.

Mike December 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

A novel idea, give the circulating dime a special 2015 reverse, and end it there!

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