According to the United States Mint, a dime has a diameter of 17.91 mm (0.705 inches), is 1.35 mm thick and weighs 2.268 grams (0.08 ounces). This coin has the smallest diameter and is the thinnest of all U.S. coins.Know More
Dimes are made of cupronickel, which is an alloy of copper that contains nickel and other elements. Dimes contain 8.33 percent nickel with a balance of cupro, which is copper and usually a trace of manganese. Cupronickel gives dimes their silver color.
The edge of the dime is reeded with 118 reeds. These are the series of grooved lines around the edge of dimes, which are put there to discourage counterfeiting of coins. Dimes were originally made of gold and silver, and people tried to file the edges to recover the precious metals.Learn more about Coins & Currency
Quarters and dimes minted by the U.S. Mint contained silver up until 1964, when the precious metal was removed in favor of a more economical composition: copper and nickel. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes minted through 1964 contained 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.Full Answer >
Some rare U.S. coins a person might find in his coin jar include the 1995 double die penny, the 1943 steel penny and the "In God We Rust" 2005 Kansas state quarter. Other rare coins include the Ben Franklin half dollar and 1942 to 1945 silver nickels.Full Answer >
There are 80 U.S. quarters in one pound. The weight of one U.S. quarter is 5.67 grams, and there are 453.59237 grams in one pound. When that number is divided by 5.67 grams, the weight of one quarter, it is equal to 80 quarters.Full Answer >
Any dimes, quarters and half-dollar coins dated 1964 or earlier contained a percentage of silver. The silver color of coins minted after 1964 comes from a coating of copper and nickel.Full Answer >