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: 2.7g
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.37 (10/24/2016)
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: 8/26/2016

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1796 10C MS
Base $ 3300 4950 5900 7050 11000 15500 19000 20000 21500 26000 28000 30000 41000 69000 125000 185000 700000 1150000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 260000 - -

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Total Graded: 226
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 VF 20   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1984 $1,808.95
12/2/2010 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3411 $14,375.00
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine G   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 137255 $1,250.00
3/6/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 115 $1,057.50
4/22/2015 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3790 $1,527.50
9/7/2016 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1239/Lot# 3787 $1,762.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 10C MS
1796 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 3817
Owner: JTO
Grade: VG 8
Points: 2807
Owner: empireed
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