The 1916 Mercury dime, bearing the head and winged helmet of the ancient Roman messenger god, was replaced in 1945 by the Franklin Roosevelt dime
. The 1916 Walking Liberty half-dollar, depicting a graceful Lady Liberty, gave way to the Benjamin Franklin half-dollar in 1947.
From the Lincoln cent in 1909, through the Jefferson nickel in 1938, Roosevelt dime
in 1946, Washington quarter in 1932, Kennedy half in 1964 (after a brief interlude for Ben Franklin, 1948-1963), and the Eisenhower dollar in 1971, America deified its favored sons.
More than 1,200 "Money Talks" programs have aired, with topics ranging from how the Roosevelt dime
helped find a cure for polio to how placing Caesar's portrait on Roman coins led to his assassination.