Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,135
Catalog: KM-24
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.7000g
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Reeded
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1796 10C MS obverse 1796 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Dimes were not coined before retirement of the Flowing Hair Liberty, so the first examples bore the Draped Bust/Small Eagle design which had debuted on the dollar in 1795.

The first delivery of dimes was made on January 18, 1796. Six obverse dies were paired with five reverses for a total of seven die marriages, and these are attributed by John Reich numbers. None of the varieties are truly common, but the most often seen include JR-1, -2, -4 and -6. Varieties JR-3, -5 and -7 are rare, the last having been discovered subsequent to publication of the JR book.

By far the most often seen variety in or near Mint State is JR-1, which is always found with a prominent die break left of the date. This is presumed to have been the first die pair used, and it was only natural for interested persons to set aside a few examples as novelties. These survive to the delight of advanced collectors.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2015

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1796 10C MS
Base $ 3300 5000 5800 7350 11750 16500 19250 20500 23000 27500 31000 43000 76000 130000 185000 875000 1150000 - -
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Total Graded: 224
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
10/28/2015 MS 64  Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98212
10/28/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98210
11/1/2015 FA 2   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 4076

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
11/14/2004 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1961, 1961/Lot# 1204 $3,410.00
7/25/2005 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 223 $4,830.00
9/19/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1615 $15,525.00
8/8/2007 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1610 $12,075.00
7/17/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/17/2011, 127/Lot# 12790 $19,800.00
1/3/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3124 $11,500.00
7/27/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4052 $12,337.50
3/28/2014 PCGS Genuine VG   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5214 $2,937.50
4/22/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 4977 $25,850.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 10C MS
1796 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 2029
Owner: JTO
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