Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-23
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35 Grams
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.75 (9/1/2014)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1796/5 LM-2 H10C MS obverse 1796/5 LM-2 H10C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Of the two die marriages known to have been used for 1796 half dimes, this one features an obverse die that was originally dated 1795 and then overpunched with a 6. Coinage of the small denominations was quite sporadic in the 1790s, so it was not unusual for dies to be prepared in advance, only to have no bullion available or no orders pending.

This is the rarer of the two varieties for 1796, and it is evident in NGC's certified population. Bear in mind, however, that a large percentage of the early U. S. coins submitted for grading fail to receive numeric grades, and these Details graded coins are not included in the Census figures.

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1796/5 LM-2 H10C MS
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Base $ 1550 2200 4150 5250 9500 9500 15500 18000 23000 26500 28000 30000 32750 40500 93000 185000 350000 - - - -
$ 10500 16000 20500 24500 27500 29500 31000 34500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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1/23/2006 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 21933 $9,775.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 842 $172,500.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 2743 $345,000.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1266 $6,435.00
1/1/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12251 $4,112.50
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5546 $31,725.00
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 192860 $17,684.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796/5 LM-2 H10C MS
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1796/5 LM-2 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 1658
Owner: BillJones
 
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