The 1950 Proof Roosevelt Dime (Buy on eBay) represents the first Proof coin issued for the series. It also has the lowest mintage for a Proof coin for the entire series at 51,386 pieces. The coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint and sold to collectors as part of a complete 1950 Proof Set for an original issue price of $2.10.
Although the series had started in 1946, the first Proof issue would not be struck until 1950. The United States Mint had suspended the production of Proof coinage after 1942 due to the second World War. Even after the war had concluded, the Mint was busy producing various medals related to the war, and it would not be until 1950 that resumption of regular Proof coinage was possible.
The 1950 Proof Roosevelt Dime remains relatively available today, although examples displaying cameo contrast are more difficult to find. Coins which have received the Deep Cameo or Ultra Cameo designation from PCGS or NGC are especially scarce and in high demand.
1950 Proof Roosevelt Dime Specifications:
- Designer: John R. Sinnock
- Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
- Diameter: 17.9 mm
- Weight: 2.5 grams
- Edge: reeded
- Mint Mark: none (Philadelphia)
- Mintage: 51,386