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What is a 1951 dime?

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A 1951 dime is called a Roosevelt dime and is made out of 90 percent silver. The U.S. Mint produced silver Roosevelt dimes from 1946 to well into the 21st century.

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A Roosevelt dime features a left-facing bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt on its obverse side and a torch, olive branch and oak branch on its reverse side. The torch symbolizes liberty, the olive branch represents peace and the oak branch stands for strength. As of 2014, a 1951 silver Roosevelt dime is worth between $1.48 and $13. Coins in poor condition may be worth only the melt value of their silver content.

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