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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Sep 27, 2013

The Roosevelt dime was designed by John Sinnock, who was the chief engraver of the United States Mint when Roosevelt died. 

He said he based the design on a Roosevelt medal he had designed four years earlier. 

But others believe he used the design of an African-American sculptress named Selma Burke, who had been commissioned to design a Roosevelt plaque in 1944. 

The design on the left is Sinnock's original, and the one on the right is Burke's.  Which one looks the most like the Roosevelt dime to you?

And why in the world would a rumor start that the JS below Roosevelt's neck stood for someone much more sinister than John Sinnock?  Listen to the show for the answers!

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