|Coin||One Dime 2008 Roosevelt|
The dime, in United States usage, is a ten-cent coin (10¢), one tenth of a United States dollar, labelled formally as "one dime". After the half dime became five cents in 1873, the dime is now the only United States coin in general circulation that is not denominated in terms of dollars or cents.
The denomination exists since the introduction of US currency. It was initially a larger silver coin, then a smaller coin which went through several transformations of the design, the last of which was the Mercury Dime (1916 - 1945).
The Roosevelt Dime was introduced as a silver coin in 1946, shortly after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, and features his portrait on the obverse. Designed by John R. Sinnock. The reverse shows a torch in the centre, representing liberty, flanked by an olive sprig representing peace, and one of oak symbolising strength and independence; the design as a whole is symbolic of the victorious end of World War II.
In 1965 the denomination was debased to its current composition while retaining the same design; the coin has an outer layer of Copper-Nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel) bonded to an inner core of pure nickel, to a total of 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel. It has been issued with no change ever since. Dimes issued in 2008 have now been in circulation for 13 years.
Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin shows the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the Unite States, facing left .
The designer's initials JS (for John Sinnock) are below the neck truncation of the portrait. To the right of that and much larger, the date of issue: 2008.
Around left in large letters, the inscription LIBERTY.
On two lines below left, the national motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
The mint mark is a letter placed below the neck truncation of the portrait and to the right, over the last digit of the date. Mint marks this year are:
D for the Denver Mint,
P for the Philadelphia Mint, or
S for the San Francisco Mint (proof only).
Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows a torch in the centre, representing liberty, flanked by an olive sprig representing peace, and one of oak symbolising strength and independence; the design as a whole is symbolic of the victorious end of World War II.
Around above, in large letters the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; separated from this by two dots, around below are the value and denomination: · ONE DIME ·.
Interrupted by the torch and two branches, horizontally in the lower half of the design is the motto E · PLURIBUS · UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity).
Philadelphia Mint: 1,412,000,000 circulation coins plus 745,464 with satin finish.
Denver Mint: 637,500,000 circulation coins plus 745,464 with satin finish.
The San Francisco Mint struck only proof coins this year.