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: $0.67 (10/24/2014)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS obverse 1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

There are just two die pairs known for the half dimes dated 1796, one of which is an overdate (see following entry). Both obverse dies used a defective letter B punch in LIBERTY, but, in the absence of an overdate, this one is popularly collected as the LIKERTY variety. It is the more available of the two die marriages, but all 1796 half dimes are scarce.

This issue is in great demand by type collectors, as there are only two dates to represent the Draped Bust/Small Eagle series. A small number of Mint State pieces have survived, these likely preserved as souvenirs of the new type. As with all early half dimes, these coins were sometimes struck somewhat irregularly, which resulted in areas of weakness and uneven wear.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2014

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1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS
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Base $ 1400 2000 3950 4825 8500 8500 12500 13500 16000 18500 21000 25450 29000 36000 50000 125000 185000 - - - -
$ 9000 13250 14500 17500 19500 22000 26500 32500 40000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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11/10/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3641


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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 618 $48,300.00
4/25/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2843, 2843/Lot# 1556 $1,495.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1268 $4,446.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3746 $16,450.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1262 $1,840.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1261 $9,200.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details AG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8087 $705.00
2/10/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1066 $11,000.00
7/6/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 205824 $2,375.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1142116092009267135833877414146044876524354666089668571988247107881595821322290224022856753
47414831742222929753681396542954694499853175673628768567547909412511177462388832757457360
00000039654295469449985317567362876856754790941251117746238883275700
00000040534449478551205391588164867027789799411423419534264553649200
1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5243
Owner: BillJones
 
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