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: $1.26 (5/29/2016)
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: 9/10/2015

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1796 10C MS
Base $ 3300 5000 5800 7350 11750 16500 19250 20500 23000 27500 31000 43000 76000 130000 185000 875000 1150000 - -
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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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Sale / Lot
12/9/1994 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1994 December St. Louis Bullet Sale #126, 126/Lot# 211 $4,840.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 549 $13,225.00
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
1/19/2009 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 324, 330/Lot# 366 $12,650.00
7/17/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/17/2011, 127/Lot# 12790 $19,800.00
2/22/2013 NGC VG 8   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1276 $3,818.75
12/3/2015 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4206 $3,466.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 10C MS
1796 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 2807
Owner: empireed
Grade: VG 8
Points: 2029
Owner: JTO
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