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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1796/5 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

CLOSEUP OF OVERDATE

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
4255
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
10,230
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$345,000 • PCGS MS66 • 1-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40 R-8.7 1 / 5 TIE 3 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 2 / 5 TIE 6 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 5 1 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:728 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:229 (misattributed as a V-1), $60,000 - Dr. Herb Ketterman Colklection - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 10/1985:5 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1761, $71,875 - Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:842, $172,500 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2743, $345,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1007, $188,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

E.S. Norris Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:895, $28,600 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:7249, $$$ - Stacks/Bowers 3/2012:4053, not sold - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11283, $74,750

3 MS64 PCGS grade

James A. "Jimmy" Hayes Collection, sold privately via Stack’s in 8/1985 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1762, $21,850 - Simpson Collection

4 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:728 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:229 (misattributed as a V-1), $60,000 - Dr. Herb Ketterman Colklection - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 10/1985:5 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1761, $71,875 - Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:842, $172,500 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2743, $345,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1007, $188,000

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

E.S. Norris Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:895, $28,600 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:7249, $$$ - Stacks/Bowers 3/2012:4053, not sold - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11283, $74,750

3 MS64 PCGS grade

James A. "Jimmy" Hayes Collection, sold privately via Stack’s in 8/1985 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1762, $21,850 - Simpson Collection

4 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS62+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1796/5 Half Dime is an intriguing coin that raises some interesting questions.  Usually, overdates occur on leftover dies from previous years, but they are usually of the same design type.  So, was the placement of the 5 on this Draped Bust obverse simply a mistake or was it the intention, at some point, to strike a 1795-dated Draped Bust Half Dime?  The 15 stars on the obverse may offer a clue because the the 15th state (Kentucky) was admitted to the Union in 1792, while the 16th state (Tennessee) was not admitted until 1796 (after a 1795-dated die with 15 stars would have been created). 

The 1796/5 Half Dime is rarer than the 1796 "normal" date (LIKERTY) variety.  At least ten different Uncirculated examples are known, the best being the Garrett-Pogue PCGS MS66.