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: $1.29 (11/25/2014)
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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 (photos), 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: 9/10/2014

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1796 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3200 4600 5600 7500 13250 13250 16500 18750 19750 22500 26000 27500 31500 41500 62500 125000 200000 775000 1000000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 227
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/21/2007 NCS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2438, 2438/Lot# 1225 $2,912.00
10/25/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 189, 195/Lot# 5336 $27,600.00
2/10/2008 NCS   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1985 $805.00
7/30/2008 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 1411 $299,000.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 366 $19,558.05
7/17/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/17/2011, 127/Lot# 12790 $19,800.00
9/25/2011 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131140/Lot# 22125 $1,782.50
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5552 $15,275.00
9/4/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3087 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179921242807323836394565481752645656574758366089632469518428884996561040111949136611554817622
19072351295033713947464949665394568657765920616765337443856891189904109171251914290162390
0000004966539456865776592061676533744385689118990410917125191429000
00000051155525571658066004624567427935870893871015211433130901491900
1796 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base189522332941338638004756501554765879597360646324656772108727916099871075112336140891601918138
200724693089352441184842516856105910600361506405678177158871943510241112791292014732167250
00000051685610591060036150640567817715887194351024111279129201473200
00000053225744594160336237648669958221901597111049611807135041537500
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 2029
Owner: JTO
 
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