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Celebrate 75 Years of the March of Dimes with One of these Artful Silver Dollar Coins

The March of Dimes Foundation and the U.S. Mint have recently released commemorative silver dollars to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the trail blazing medical research foundation. This organization was founded by one of the best U.S. presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to eradicate polio which was ravaging the country and other parts of the world on the eve of the Second World War (WWII). Now, you can honor the founder, the scientists behind the ground breaking polio vaccine, and the millions of Americans who “marched their dimes” to the White House to support the foundation.

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar

Coin Description

The obverse of the 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar portrays Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk who formulated the revolutionary single dose polio vaccine that has eradicated the disease all over the world. On the reverse, the coin depicts a little baby sleeping in the hands of the parent. This denotes the current mission of the organization – to promote the health and safety of expectant mothers and infants. The 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar is minted from 90 percent fine silver and it has a similar weight and size to the silver dollars from the U.S. Mint, namely 26.73 grams of silver and a diameter of 38.1 millimetres. Total mintage of the 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars will be limited to 500,000 coins.

2015-W March of Dimes Proof Silver $1 Dollar NGC PF70 UC ER - Obverse

2015-W March of Dimes Proof Silver $1 Dollar NGC PF70 UC ER – Obverse

2015-W March of Dimes Proof Silver $1 Dollar NGC PF70 UC ER - Reverse

2015-W March of Dimes Proof Silver $1 Dollar NGC PF70 UC ER – Reverse

March of Dimes: How it Started

After it was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) gained instant popularity. This was partly due to President Roosevelt’s popularity and the polio disability he contracted in 1921 at age 39 which prevented him from walking normally. In 1934, Roosevelt began using his birthday as an annual event to raise funds for his Georgia Warm Springs Foundation which coordinated the activities at his polio rehabilitation center founded in 1927. He was determined to set up a program to discover the causes of polio and assist many Americans who were suffering from the same condition. Basil O’Connor, a loyal associate of the president was appointed to lead the NFIP in 1938, a position he held for over 30 years. As the head of NFIP, O’Connor created a network of local branches that raised money and provided aid in response to polio epidemics in various parts of the country. To raise the awareness of the foundation’s campaign, Eddie Cantor, a philanthropist and radio personality, urged Americans to send loose change to the president “in a march of dimes” to the White House. By 1945, the yearly campaign of the March of Dimes was able to raise $18.9 million for NFIP. 

March of Dimes 1957

March of Dimes poster 1957 – Source of Image: March of Dimes Foundation

The Eradication of Polio

In the 1950s, countless medical researchers were supported by the March of Dimes grants. Finally, a breakthrough came via the work of a young medical doctor at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jonas Salk worked tirelessly to a create a vaccine that brought about the end of polio within a few years. The first major test was conducted in 1954 on 1.8 million school age children and Jonas Salk’s vaccine was licensed on April 12 1955. From this point, there was a massive decline in the number of polio cases from tens of thousands to just a few every year till it was completely eradicated. Thanks to the concerted efforts of many volunteers, researchers, and donors coordinated by NFIP, the March of Dimes eventually put an end to the polio epidemic worldwide.

Dr. Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk – Source of Image: citelighter

The New Mission

After the eradication of the polio virus, Basil O’Connor announced the foundation’s new focus: birth defects prevention. Thereafter, the mission of the foundation was to eradicate disorders and disabilities that occurred in pregnancy, infancy and childhood. Hence, the foundation funded genetics research and established treatment centers for birth defects across the nation. The foundation played a pivotal role in the establishment and funding of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. In recent years, the March of Dimes Foundation has broadened its reach to include prenatal care. There is a major drive towards enhancing the health of pregnant mothers and prevention of premature births. This intervention is timely because the number of pre-mature births has been on the increase in the U.S. in the past few years.

2015-P March of Dimes Silver $1 Dollar NGC MS70 ER - Obverse

2015-P March of Dimes Silver $1 Dollar NGC MS70 ER – Obverse

2015-P March of Dimes Silver $1 Dollar NGC MS70 ER - Reverse

2015-P March of Dimes Silver $1 Dollar NGC MS70 ER – Reverse

10 Reasons Why You Should Buy the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars

The 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars should be bought by everyone who loves this great nation and the spirit of innovation, charity and commitment displayed by all who helped to eradicate polio and other infantile diseases. But to motivate you further, here are some of the main reasons why you should buy these commemorative silver dollars:

  • To appreciate the great work of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the other leaders of the NFIP.
  • To celebrate the resilience and creativity of Jonas Salk and all who contributed to the discovery of the polio vaccine.
  • To celebrate and appreciate those who collected and donated their dimes for the elimination of polio.
  • To support the efforts of the March of Dimes Foundation to stop the occurrence of infantile diseases.
  • To celebrate all those who were born pre-mature and have grown to become normal healthy adults.
  • To provide a gift for a family whose members have had a link with the eradication of polio.
  • To preserve the memory of one of America’s greatest victories over a devastating disease.
  • To appreciate the resilience and strength of the human spirit.
  • To celebrate American innovation and charitable character.
  • To show you are a true patriot.

Conclusion

The 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars are available for purchase in various product options, including silver dollars certified and encapsulated by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).

Buying these coins is one of the best ways to appreciate all those who helped to eliminate polio and to support those who are working hard to ensure that both expectant mothers and infants enjoy perfect health.

Add these beautiful commemorative silver dollars to your collection by purchasing yours from ModernCoinMart (MCM) today. All product options offered by MCM include free domestic shipping. Thus, the price you see is the price you will pay.

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars Available for Sale!

The 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars are now available for sale at the United States Mint. Be sure to get more information here.

2015 March of Dimes Proof Silver Dollar

March of Dimes 2015 Silver Dollar Proof

March of Dimes 2015 Silver Dollar Uncirculated

March of Dimes 2015 Silver Dollar Uncirculated

March of Dimes – New Commemorative Coin Designs

The March of Dimes Foundation, which aims to bring an end to birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth, and the U.S. Mint have unveiled the chosen designs for a 1$ dollar commemorative that will be issued in 2015 in honor of the March of Dimes Foundation.

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 with the primary aim to fight polio, but it has since then expanded its mission to include the promotion of general health when it comes to babies and pregnant women. It is therefore not much of a surprise to learn that the U.S. Mint is obligated by the Public Law 112-209, the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act of 2012, to include a surcharge of $10 per coin in terms of the pricing for the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin. The U.S. Mint will pay the extra money collected to the March of Dimes Foundation in order to help finance education, research and services that are aimed at improving the health of babies, children and women. Beyond the $10 surcharge per coin, no other pricing information was released at this stage. We can expect more specific pricing information closer to the launch of the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin.

The above-mentioned law, Public Law 112-209, also authorizes the U.S. Mint to mint and issue $1 silver coins in celebration and recognition of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the March of Dimes. In addition, the specific law instructs the U.S. Mint to strike coins of both proof and uncirculated quality and not in excess of 500,000 coins.

Here are the final designs of the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin…

2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Obverse

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Obverse

2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Reverse

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Reverse

Photo Source: U.S. Mint