It is currently profitable for the United States Mint to produce the dime. The denomination is struck from a composition of 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel with a weight of only 2.27 grams. This small size means that the cost of raw materials and overhead from production are outweighed by the face value. The dime currently represents the smallest circulating denomination that is produced with positive seigniorage, as both the cent and nickel cost more to produce than their respective face values.
The Roosevelt Dime is currently struck for circulation at the facilities located in Philadelphia and Denver. The number of coins struck for the year to date is steadily ahead of the year ago levels. In January production was 102.5 million at Denver and 122 million at Philadelphia. The following month in February production was 83 million and 89.5 million for the respective facilities. High production was seen only for the cent, with other denomination struck in smaller numbers.
Designs for the dime have remained unchanged since introduced in 1946. The head of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt appears on the obverse. The reverse contains the image of a lit torch which is flanked by an oak branch and olive leaf. Collectors pay particular attention to the detail present in the central torch. Both sides of the coin are designed by John R. Sinnock.