U.S. Dimes

U.S. Dimes

History of the U.S. Dime

U.S. dimes, also known as ten-cent pieces, were introduced in 1796 and were minted from 90% silver up until 1964, paralleling the history of the quarter dollar. The shift from silver to a copper-nickel composition came about in 1965, a change driven by the increasing cost of silver.

The obverse of U.S. dimes from their inception until 1916 featured various representations of Lady Liberty, with the most famous design being the Mercury dime, which is actually a depiction of Liberty with wings on her cap.

In 1946, the obverse design was changed to the likeness of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to honor his memory and his establishment of the March of Dimes to fight polio.

The reverse side of the dimes originally showcased the classic symbol of an olive branch and a torch, symbolizing peace and liberty, respectively. From 1916 to 1945, the reverse featured a fasces and an olive branch, denoting America's military readiness and desire for peace.

Since 1965, the reverse has consistently displayed the torch, oak branch, and olive branch, symbolizing liberty, strength and peace.

Collectors often seek out the silver "Mercury" dimes and early Roosevelt dimes for both their historical value and silver content.

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