Whose Head Is on the Dime?


Quick Answer

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's head is on the front of the dime. It was first released in 1946. The back features a torch, olive branch and oak branch.

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Roosevelt is featured on the dime in honor of his presidency and because he supported the March of Dimes, which worked towards the cure of polio. The torch on the back symbolizes freedom, the olive branch represents peace and the oak branch signifies strength. Before 1946, Lady Liberty was featured on the back of the dime.

Other United States currency pieces feature historical figures. Lincoln is on the penny, Jefferson on the nickel, Washington on the quarter and golden dollar and Kennedy on the half dollar. Washington is also on the $1 bill, while Jefferson is on the $2, Lincoln on the $5, Hamilton on the $10, Jackson on the $20, Grant on the $50 and Franklin on the $100.

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