Ah, the dime. It doesn’t get much respect today, but it does have an interesting history. Details like the grooved edges. Those are a relic from when coins were made from precious metals. The dollar, half-dollar, quarter, dime, and nickel were made of silver. In addition to making them harder to fake, those grooves were there so it would be obvious if someone tried to file the edges and collect bits of silver from the coins.
And, of course, there is the legend of the missing dime shipment. As the story goes, in the early 1900s a shipment of dimes was en route to the San Francisco mint and was attacked in southern Utah. The dimes, supposedly, fell over a cliff. To date there has been no evidence that this shipment has ever been found, but I think it has the makings of the next installment of the National Treasure franchise. 🙂
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