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Whose face used to be on the dime?

Dear Straight Dope:

Who was on the face of the dime before Eisenhower?

RngrJeff replies:

Uh, BJ … Eisenhower is on the silver dollar. The guy on the dime is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Work on this. Getting dimes and dollars mixed up could have big consequences later in life.

Not being certain which coin you were interested in, I spoke to the president of Gemco Coins and Jewelry, Greg Martin, and he gave me a breakdown for both:

From 1916 to 1945 , Mercury Dime

From 1946 to present, Roosevelt Dime

From 1878 to 1921, Morgan Dollar

From 1922 to 1935, Peace Dollar

From 1971 to 1978, Eisenhower Dollar

From 1979 to 1981, additional minting in 1999, Susan B. Anthony Dollar

From 2000 to present, Sacagawea Dollar

From 2007 to present, Presidential Dollar series

From 1986 to present, American Silver Eagle Dollar (non-circulating)

There was no dollar coin minted between 1936 and 1970. Why? Beats me. Maybe they forgot. I hope this information helps.

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