Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,230
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.58 (6/18/2019)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS obverse 1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

There are just two die pairs known for the half dimes dated 1796, one of which is an overdate (see following entry). Both obverse dies used a defective letter B punch in LIBERTY, but, in the absence of an overdate, this one is popularly collected as the LIKERTY variety. It is the more available of the two die marriages, but all 1796 half dimes are scarce.

This issue is in great demand by type collectors, as there are only two dates to represent the Draped Bust/Small Eagle series. A small number of Mint State pieces have survived, these likely preserved as souvenirs of the new type. As with all early half dimes, these coins were sometimes struck somewhat irregularly, which resulted in areas of weakness and uneven wear.

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Last Updated: 4/9/2019

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1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1500 2250 3950 4900 9000 12500 13500 16000 18500 21000 25500 29000 36000 50000 122500 185000 - - - -
$ 9000 - - - - - - - - 52500 - - 520000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 56
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/18/2019 1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-331055134911622------56
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---------------1------1
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Total1-331055134911623------57
 2 %-5 %5 %18 %9 %9 %2 %5 %7 %16 %2 %2 %11 %4 %5 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1602 $43,700.00
4/25/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2843, 2843/Lot# 1556 $1,495.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1268 $4,446.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3746 $16,450.00
2/10/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1066 $11,000.00
9/25/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6299 $17,625.00
3/28/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5200 $5,875.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218769 $1,850.00
1/6/2016 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 3669 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 H10C MS "LIKERTY" LM-1 Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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1796 H10C MS "LIKERTY" LM-1
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1142116092009267135833877414146044876524354666089668571988247107881595821322290224022856753
47414831742222929753681396542954694499853175673628768567547909412511177462388832757457360
00000039654295469449985317567362876856754790941251117746238883275700
00000040534449478551205391588164867027789799411423419534264553649200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5243
Owner: BillJones
 
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