Roosevelt Dime Junk Silver Coin

Roosevelt Dimes are no longer made in the United States, but they are still highly valued by coin collectors and investors for their silver. This is why it is known as “junk silver.” Continue reading to learn more about the Roosevelt Dime and how you can invest.


Front / Obverse

The front side of the Roosevelt Dime features a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. Beneath the portrait are the words “IN GOD WE TRUST” and the year the coin was minted.
Designer: John R. Sinnock

Rear / Reverse

The back side of the Roosevelt Dime shows a torch, an olive branch and an oak branch. Between the branches are the words “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” This is the same design we still see on our dimes today.
Designer: John R. Sinnock



Dimes were first minted because of the Coinage Act of 1792, and this makes them one of the oldest coins from the U.S. Mint. Franklin Roosevelt was first put on the coin in 1946, shortly after his death. Besides being a well-known former President, Roosevelt provided aid to the Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now known as the March of Dimes). Until 1964, Roosevelt Dimes were made from silver, but in that year it was changed to include more common metals.