Who is on the U.S. dime?

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president.

1996 w roosevelt dime

10-cent dime coin featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Designer: John R. Sinnock

Better known by his initials "FDR," Roosevelt was first placed on the 10-cent coin in 1946 following his untimely death. His defining legacy was being the only four-term U.S. president and overseeing the country's recovery from the Great Depression.

Roosevelt dime reverse design:

  • Lit torch flanked by oak and laurel leaves (since 1946)


  • Silver dimes (minted up through 1964) are still a popular investment today.
  • The weight of a silver dime (0.07234 troy oz) corresponded closely to 1/10th the weight of a silver dollar coin (0.77344 oz) in terms of silver melt value.
  • The March of Dimes fundraising campaign, organized by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (founded in 1937), helped develop a cure for polio, the disease which afflicted FDR.

Find more information about who is on each U.S. coin by following the links below:

Who Is On the Penny?

Who Is On the Nickel?

Who is On the Quarter?

Who Is On the Half Dollar?

Who Is On the Dollar Coin?

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