United States Dimes

Dimes are one of America's first coins. The Coinage Act of 1792 required the production of the dime, which was originally a tenth of the weight in silver of a dollar. The first dimes were minted as pattern copies in 1792, but dimes did not officially enter circulation until 1796.

Dimes have had six major designs since their inception: the draped bust, capped bust, seated Liberty, Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt. The Roosevelt dime, which is still in production today, is the longest running of these: it has been minted continuously since 1946. The seated Liberty is one of the most interesting dimes from a collector's standpoint. Over its 54-year run, the seated Liberty design saw several minor changes and design variations due to political changes and mint restructurings.

The Mercury dime was part of an effort by beautify American coinage in the early 20th century. Designed by a protege of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Mercury dime features Lady Liberty wearing a phyrigian cap, making her appear similar to the mythological Roman Mercury. It took less than a year for the nickname Mercury to appear and has stuck ever since. The Roosevelt dime replaced the Mercury in 1946, rapidly following the death of President Roosevelt and the end of World War II. This dime is the longest running unchanged coin in America today. Every other current coin denomination has been redesigned or altered in some way.


Quick Facts

  • The torch, olive branch, and oak branch on the reverse of the Roosevelt dime stand for liberty, peace, and strength
  • The Mercury dime was minted from 1916 to 1945 with the exception of 1932 and 1933. During those two years, minting of the dime was temporarily suspended while America was in the throes of the Great Depression
  • On January 7th, 2016, a 1894-S Barber dime sold at auction for just under $2 million. Only 24 of these dimes were ever made and most have gone missing over the years. Only nine are currently known today

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1831 Capped Bust Dime High Grade Brilliant Luster!
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1831 Capped Bust Dime High Grade Brilliant Luster!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$2607 Bids
1916-D MERCURY DIME GOOD
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
1916-D MERCURY DIME GOOD
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $800- $900
$4306 Bids
Original 1911 Barber Dime
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1911 Barber Dime
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$135 Bids
Original 1921 Mercury Head Dime
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1921 Mercury Head Dime
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$155 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
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by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
1921-D Mercury Dime Coin NGC F15
Oct 19, 8:00 AM PDT
1921-D Mercury Dime Coin NGC F15
by BK Auctions
Est: $220- $260
$304 Bids
1850-O Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime - Better Date! - VF Condition!
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1850-O Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime - Better Date! - VF Condition!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$424 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Proof ***Auction Highlight*** 1879 Seated Liberty Dime 10c Graded pr65+ cam By SEGS (fc)
Oct 18, 5:45 PM EDT
Proof ***Auction Highlight*** 1879 Seated Liberty Dime 10c Graded pr65+ cam By SEGS (fc)
by Key Date Coins, Inc.
Est: $800- $1,600
$2104 Bids
1921 MERCURY DIME…"KEY DATE"
Oct 19, 5:00 PM EDT
1921 MERCURY DIME…"KEY DATE"
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$94 Bids
US SILVER COIN COLLECTION (67 coins)
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
US SILVER COIN COLLECTION (67 coins)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $250- $350
$1704 Bids
1938-D Mercury Dime. GEM UNC w/ SPLIT BANDS!!
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1938-D Mercury Dime. GEM UNC w/ SPLIT BANDS!!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$284 Bids
1926-S Mercury Silver Dime - Semi-Key Date
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1926-S Mercury Silver Dime - Semi-Key Date
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$114 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Mixed date silver dimes
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
Mixed date silver dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Original 1876 Seated Liberty Dime
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1876 Seated Liberty Dime
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$73 Bids
Navajo Mercury Dime Necklace, and Squash Blossom Hook Earrings
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Navajo Mercury Dime Necklace, and Squash Blossom Hook Earrings
by Hindman
Est: $200- $400
$1253 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Roosevelt mixed date silver dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
Roosevelt mixed date silver dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
20 Silver Roosevelt Dimes
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids

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