The dime is a U.S. coin worth 10 cents. It is the smallest in diameter and thinnest coin minted for circulation in the U.S. The denomination of the dime was first authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. The word "dime" comes from the French word dîme, meaning "tithe" or "tenth part," from the Latin decima.
The obverse design of the current dime features the profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The reverse design features an olive branch, a torch, and an oak branch. However, the design of the coin has changed frequently over the years. Here are a few notable versions of the dime in history:
Draped Bust (1796-1807) - The Draped Bust was the first dime to be minted for circulation, in 1796. The coin was designed by then-Chief Engraver Robert Scot. The obverse side features a portrait of Lady Liberty. The reverse side features an outstretched bald eagle surrounded by palm and olive branches.