Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,135
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.7000g
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.82 (10/28/2020)
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: 6/13/2019

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1796 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3300 4950 5900 7050 9000 15000 19000 20000 21000 26000 26500 28000 40000 65000 110000 155000 650000 1150000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 260000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 237
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1796 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base107155241318561730-4242121861---235
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--------------12-1----4
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Total107155241318561730-4242223871---239
 4%3%6%2%10%5%8%2%3%7%13%-2%10%9%10%3%3%0%--- 
1796 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-1----2
---------------1------1
-----------------------
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Total---------------2-1----3
 ---------------67%-33%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base189522332941338638004756501554765879597360646324656772108727916099871075112336140891601918138
200824693089352441194842516956105910600361516405678177168871943610242112791292014732167250
00000051695610591060036151640567817716887194361024211279129201473200
00000053225745594260346237648669968221901697111049611808135051537600
1796 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179921242807323836394565481752645656574758366089632469518428884996561040111949136611554817622
19072352295133723948464949665395568657775920616765337443856891189904109171252014290162390
0000004966539556865777592061676533744385689118990410917125201429000
00000051155525571758066005624667427936870993871015311433130901491900
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 5264
Owner: supreme coins and collectibles
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 2807
Owner: empireed
 
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