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2017-D Roosevelt dime

The Roosevelt dime is the current ten-cent piece of the United States, displaying President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the obverse. Authorized soon after his death in 1945, it has been produced by the Mint continuously since 1946 in large numbers. Roosevelt had been stricken with polio, and was one of the moving forces of the March of Dimes. The ten-cent coin could legally be changed by the Mint without the need for congressional action, and officials moved quickly to replace the Mercury dime. Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock prepared models, but faced repeated criticism from the Commission of Fine Arts. He modified his design in response, and the coin went into circulation in January 1946. The Mint transitioned from striking the coin in silver to base metal in 1965, and the design remains essentially unaltered from when Sinnock created it. Without rare dates or silver content, the dime is less widely sought by coin collectors than other modern American coins. (Full article...)

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Palomo volcano
  • ... that a geologist named a secondary vent of Palomo volcano (pictured) after his son, hoping that one day he would get to know the mountain range?
  • ... that Stanley Blankson made the smooth flow of human and vehicular traffic his major aim during his term as mayor of Accra?
  • ... that Jordan holds an annual celebration on 1 March for the 1956 Arabization of the Jordanian Army command?
  • ... that Carmen Cincotti ate nearly 1,000 hot dogs in two months while training for the 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, where he ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to finish in second place?
  • ... that when dislodged from its burrow, the onion anemone may get rolled around by the sea before finding a suitable place to dig?
  • ... that in 1944, Northern Ireland politician William Lyle denounced as "obnoxious" the views of minister Harry Midgley, whom Lyle hoped would become "more mature"?
  • ... that the Hainan partridge occurs in forests that have recovered from logging?
  • ... that the 1928 one-act play The Queen's Messenger was the first television drama?

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New York pound

A two-shilling note of the New York pound, a currency used in the Province of New York. Although the production of paper money had been prohibited by the Currency Act in 1764, partial permission for the issuance of banknotes in New York was granted in the early 1770s together with the repeal of the Townshend Acts. This note was signed by John Cruger Jr., then the speaker of the New York assembly.

Banknote: Province of New York, printed by H. Gains (image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History)

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