Junk silver dimes refer to coins no longer in circulation valued strictly on their metal content. Containing 90% silver and 10% copper, these common junk silver coins served as everyday currency until 1965. Today, investors buy silver dimes as an inexpensive investment or a way to prepare for emergencies.

Read more to learn about some quick facts, investment insights and even a brief history of Roosevelt dime junk silver coins.

Roosevelt Junk Silver Dimes - Quick Facts and Brief History

Type Bullion (Investment)
Mintage 1946-1964 (Roosevelt design with silver) by the U.S. Mint. The U.S. dime was initially authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. They are still minted today using a combination of several non-precious metals.
Weights / Denominations 2.268 grams (0.0729 troy ounces) containing 90% silver, 10% copper
Front Design Features a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. One of the few U.S. coins designed by a regular mint employee, chief engraver John R. Sinnock. The impression of his initials ‘JS' on some of the first issues fueled some anti-communist sentiment, with activists claiming the ‘JS' stood for Josef Stalin.
Rear Design The rear side of Roosevelt junk silver dimes features an olive branch, torch and oak branch with "E Pluribus Unum" stamped in-between. Also a creation of John Sinnock, both this and the front design still grace today's non-precious metal dime.
Brief History Authorized shortly after the death of President Roosevelt, the Roosevelt junk silver dimes are the next run in a series of coins originally authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792, making them some of the oldest minted coins in U.S. history. Part of the reason for choosing Roosevelt was to recognize his efforts in helping establish the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which later changed its name to the March of Dimes. After 1964, the Roosevelt dime was no longer made with silver but rather a mix of non-precious metals.
Why Buy? Junk silver dimes are one of the least inexpensive ways to invest in silver bullion. Anyone can buy these 90% junk silver dimes and begin a portfolio. Many investors buy Roosevelt dime junk silver coins as a barter tool in the event of an emergency.
Silver Bullion Content 0.07234 troy ounces of .999 pure silver (90%) and copper (10%)
Other Specifications

Roosevelt Junk Silver Dimes

  • Diameter = 17.91 mm (0.705 in.)
  • Thickness = 1.35 mm (0.053 in.)
  • Gross Weight = 0.0729 troy ounces (2.268 grams)
  • Face Value = $0.10

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