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United States Dimes Information

This page contains general and historical information about United States Dimes. The dimes that we have for sale are divided into 1916-1945 Mercury Dimes and 1946-1964 Silver Roosevelt Dimes and 1965-2009 Clad Roosevelt Dimes. You can click the links, select the sub-category or search to browse our products.

History of the United States Dime

The United States dime is a unit of currency valued at 10/100 or 1/10 of one dollar.

Draped Bust (1796–1807)

 

 

 

 

The draped bust dime, designed by Robert Scot, was first circulated in 1796. Draped Bust dimes were composed of 89.24 percent silver and 10.76 percent copper.

Capped Bust (1809-1837)

 

 

 

 

The Capped Bust dime was designed by Mint Assistant Engraver John Reich. The new reverse featured a Bald Eagle grasping three arrows and an olive branch. Covering the eagle's breast is a U.S. shield with six horizontal lines and 13 vertical stripes. On the reverse is the lettering "10C," making it the only dime minted with a numerical indication of its value.

Seated Liberty (1837–1891)

 

 

 

 

The seated Liberty dime was first designed by Chief engraver William Kneass and finished by William Gobrecht. This composition of this dime is 90% silver and 10% copper and this composition continued through 1964.

Barber Dime (1892-1916)

 

 

 

 

The Barber dime is named after its designer, Chief Engraver, Charles E. Barber. The reverse is very similar to the Seated Liberty dime.

Winged Liberty Head (Mercury) (1916–1945)

 

 

 

 

Although this coin is commonly referred to as Mercury dime, the design actually depicts Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap. The phrygian cap is a symbol of liberty and freedom and with extended wings is intended to symbolize freedom of thought.

Roosevelt (1946–present)

 

 

 

 

The Roosevelt dime was designed by John R. Sinnock. The dime was choosen to honor Roosevelt partly due to his efforts in the founding of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (later renamed The March of Dimes). The coins were 90% silver and 10% copper through 1964. In 1965 the composition was changed to 75% copper and 25% nickel this "clad" makeup is still in use today.