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What is a copper dime?

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A copper dime is a coin that lacks its outermost layer of metal, revealing the copper layer underneath. All dimes minted since 1965 are composed of a copper core with a copper-nickel blend applied over the surface to give them a silvery sheen.

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This kind of error is called a "clad coin" by coin collectors. It is caused by gas or dirt getting between the metal layers during the lamination process. This prevents the copper-nickel laminate from adhering to the coin. When the coin is cut free from the blank on which it is stamped, the laminate falls off. Clad dimes bearing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's image are worth $6.

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    A 1952 dime is a fairly common coin that is composed of 90 percent silver. The dime has an imprinted portrait of President Roosevelt. Approximately 99 million proofs were released into circulation from the Denver and San Francisco Mints, and 81 thousand coins were released from the Philadelphia Mint.

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    When was the silver dime last minted?

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    The silver dime was last minted in 1964. Also called the Roosevelt dime, there were 1,357,517,000 dimes printed in 1964 bearing the face of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Roosevelt dime replaced the dime bearing the likeness of the Roman god of war Mercury in 1946 to honor the president who passed away the year before.

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    What is a dime made out of?

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    As of 2014, the dime is made out of a blend of metals called "clad." A copper center is sandwiched between two layers of a 75-percent copper and 25-percent nickel blend. The total composition of a modern dime is 91.67 percent copper and 8.33 percent nickel.

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    How much is a 1906 dime worth?

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    Based on its 2014 price guide, CoinStudy.com values a 1906 Barber dime at between $2.87 and $187, depending on its mint mark and its condition. Many coin collectors grade a coin's condition on a scale of good, fine, extremely fine and uncirculated.

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