Full Torch Designation Defined
Posted on 4/1/2003
NGC began certifying Full Torch (FT) Roosevelt Dimes April 14, 2003. The designation FT for Full Torch will be applied to Roosevelt Dimes having both upper and lower pair of horizontal bands split as well as the vertical lines of the torch being defined. The FT designation will not apply to proof coins. The addition of the FT designation comes at the overwhelming request from NGC's collector and dealer base.
The following image illustrates what is required to receive the FT designation. Note the upper and lower set of horizontal bands that are required to be split without major interruptions. Notice also the vertical lines on the torch are also defined without major interruptions.
The FT designation will be included when applicable during the normal course of grading, and no special fee or service is required when submitting uncertified coins to NGC. For those having Roosevelt Dimes already certified by NGC that may qualify for the FT designation, these may be submitted for review of their status under NGC's Designation Review service at a fee of $10. This includes the cost of reholdering the coin. Coins holdered by other companies may be submitted to NGC under its Crossover Service, and their FT status will be evaluated in the course of grading the coins.