What Is Pictured on the Back of the Dime?

On the reverse of a dime is a depiction of a flaming torch flanked by an olive branch and an oak branch. The torch represents liberty, the olive branch represents peace, and the oak branch represents independence and power, according to the United States Mint.

The reverse of the coin bears three inscriptions: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ONE DIME,” and the Latin phrase “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” which translates to “From many, one.” The Roosevelt dime has been in circulation since January 1946; it has a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt on the front. John Sinnock, Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, designed the coin.


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