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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 3300 5000 5800 7350 11750 16500 19250 20500 23000 27500 31000 43000 76000 130000 185000 875000 1150000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 250000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 226
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179921242807323836394565481752645656574758366089632469518428884996561040111949136611554817622
19072352295133723948464949665395568657775920616765337443856891189904109171252014290162390
0000004966539556865777592061676533744385689118990410917125201429000
00000051155525571758066005624667427936870993871015311433130901491900
1796 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base189522332941338638004756501554765879597360646324656772108727916099871075112336140891601918138
200824693089352441194842516956105910600361516405678177168871943610242112791292014732167250
00000051695610591060036151640567817716887194361024211279129201473200
00000053225745594260346237648669968221901697111049611808135051537600
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 2807
Owner: empireed
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 2029
Owner: JTO
 
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