Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-31
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.70 Grams
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.66 (7/12/2014)
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1798/7 16 STARS REV JR-1 10C MS obverse 1798/7 16 STARS REV JR-1 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The admission of Tennessee to the Union in 1796 brought the number of states up to 16, and the Mint attempted to fit that number of stars on the obverse. This proved to be cumbersome, and a solution was sought by boosting the number of stars above the eagle from 13 to 16. This reverse die was used first to coin 1797 quarter eagles before being paired with an obverse die for the dime.

JR-1 features the large date 1797 overpunched with a small 8 that does a very poor job of concealing the underlying 7. This variety is not rare in circulated grades, but Mint State pieces are more elusive. A small number of gems are known, a rare occurrence indeed with early United States coins.

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1798/7 16 STARS REV JR-1 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 840 1140 1890 2100 3590 3590 5000 5440 6810 10310 10720 11560 13750 19060 27810 40630 62500 - - - -
$ 3900 5400 5900 7400 11100 11600 12500 14900 20600 30000 44000 68000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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9/9/1996 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 0874, 874/Lot# 1225 $1,242.00
7/23/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65075, 65075/Lot# 23125 $60,375.00
4/6/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 383 $21,850.00
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 25   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2564 $2,300.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 605 $29,045.55
7/7/2011 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3391 $1,150.00
10/18/2012 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 3877 $2,173.75
3/16/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 178289 $440.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1798/7 16 STARS REV JR-1 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19491051136315832302254027542948306832383345373042904719668588491230716845234763329348013
3179831155143618222381261128182988312432733473391644335374740610001138191905526748381990
00000026112818298831243273347339164433537474061000113819190552674800
00000026822883302831813309360141034576602981271115415332212653002000
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