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Posted: 10/20/2004 4:34:58 PM EDT
If you look at the monetary progression of United States coinage from the penny to the dollar (excluding the wussie SBA dollar) all of the coins get larger as their value increases. EXCEPT for the dime. Why?

Link Posted: 10/20/2004 4:38:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 4:40:30 PM EDT

Dimes weigh .0722 troy oz. of fine silver,with 10% other metals alloyed to it, therefore they are small.

Now why we have clad coinage is really good question.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 4:43:51 PM EDT
For the longest time, a dime contained 10 cents worth of silver. The five cent piece was made of a white metal allow, mostly nickel, and thus the name. Large copper coinage, such as a 5 cent piece made of the same, would simply be unwieldy.

Quarter dollars, also made of 90 percent silver contained 25 cents worth of silver. The same system was followed with the half dollar and the dollar coins.

I remember when our coinage was debased starting in 1965. Up until then, silver coinage actually had an intrinsic value rather than just a face value.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 4:44:15 PM EDT
Because all the other sizes were already taken.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 4:53:23 PM EDT
So they can get mixed up with pennys in your pocket and bug the shit out of you.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 4:56:14 PM EDT
They are a tenth of the length of a dollar bill. Line up ten dimes across the bill and you'll see.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:00:14 PM EDT
Useless bit of foreign coin trivia: Canadian dimes are made of 100% nickel.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:03:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:05:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
They are a tenth of the length of a dollar bill. Line up ten dimes across the bill and you'll see.


Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:31:05 PM EDT
They tried 4-inch diameter dimes first, but they wouldn't fit in anyones' pockets.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:34:24 PM EDT
So you can drop a dime on someone? (off the empire state building...and not kill them?)
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:45:15 PM EDT
Just another way for the jeVV$ to screw you.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:52:02 PM EDT
Because quarters are too big around to stuff into shotgun shells...
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:55:25 PM EDT
its called oppression man,

its how the MaN to keeps a brotha down.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:55:25 PM EDT
It's so strippers can't pick them up off the rail.

But man, when you find one that can ......!
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:59:55 PM EDT
If you think the dime now is small, you should have seen the three cent piece back about 150 years ago. Those were tiny.
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