Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Those of you that have read this column through the years know my first love in history is for DeSo to Parish but other things are also interesting. History can take many forms and today’s article relates to the January 1946 Roosevelt Dime. Before 1946 the dime carried the image of a female figure wearing a winged cap representing Lady Liberty and mistakenly called a Mercury Dime.

The Roosevelt Dime was issued in part to honor F.D.R.’s efforts in establishing the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now known as the March of Dimes), which was founded to help defeat polio. Those of you who are a little older remember how afraid your parents were that their children would contact polio. Roosevelt and others urged Americans to send dimes to the foundation to fight the dreaded disease. As a youngster Roosevelt had polio that left him bound to a wheelchair. One of the few times that F.D.R. was shown standing was when he appeared before Congress propped up against a railing for support and declared America’s entry into W.W.II.

The back of the Roosevelt Dime shows three emblems: an olive branch, a torch, and an oak branch. The olive branch on the left of the torch stands for peace; the torch, which is an image of the one held by the Statue of Liberty, stands for freedom; the oak branch stands for safety, security and strength.


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