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: $1.40 (2/21/2017)
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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2/19/1996 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0816, 816/Lot# 314 $2,247.00
7/25/2005 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 223 $4,830.00
2/10/2008 NGC Details AG Details  Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1985 $805.00
1/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13155 $9,987.50
4/20/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187775 $5,183.20
6/4/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3550 $3,818.75
6/23/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30228 $41,125.00
10/28/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98211 $12,925.00
10/3/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3069 $19,975.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 10C MS
1796 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 3817
Owner: JTO1
Grade: VG 8
Points: 2807
Owner: empireed
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