What Do the Two Leaves on a Dime Mean?


Dimes have featured the face of President Franklin Roosevelt since 1946, shortly after his sudden death from a brain hemorrhage the previous year. On the reverse side of a dime, a burning torch, representing liberty, is flanked on either side by an olive branch and an oak tree branch. Below them are the words "E pluribus unum," which is Latin for "out of many, one."

Symbolic Meaning and History

  • The olive branch on the back of the dime represents peace, according to the United States Mint. The oak branch to its right, which is covered in a cluster of leaves, stands for independence and strength. Before the engraving of President Roosevelt appeared on the dime, it featured an image of Lady Liberty, which took various forms over the years.


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