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SERIES: Draped Bust Dimes 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1796 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
4461
Diameter:
19.80 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
2.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
22,135
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$881,250 • PCGS MS67 • 6-23-2014 • 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 850 R-5.3 3 / 3 14 / 16
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 3 / 3 11 / 16
65 or Better 18 R-9.2 2 / 3 6 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

MARCA 1/1988:409 - Heritage 8/2014:5553, $793,125

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack’s “Empire” 11/1957:728 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's 10/1985:16 - John Whitney Walter "Mr. 1796" Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1763 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30229, $881,250

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Malcolm N. Jackson Collection - United States Coin Company 5/1913:1000 - Hank Rogers Collection, sold privately in 8/1972 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 4/1983:1139, $37,000 - Paramount “Auction ‘84” 7/1984:612, $37,400 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1034, $235,000

4 MS66 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $30 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33313, $188,000 - Simpson Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/22/1996:1040, $83,600 - High Desert Collection

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

MARCA 1/1988:409 - Heritage 8/2014:5553, $793,125

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack’s “Empire” 11/1957:728 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's 10/1985:16 - John Whitney Walter "Mr. 1796" Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1763 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30229, $881,250

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Malcolm N. Jackson Collection - United States Coin Company 5/1913:1000 - Hank Rogers Collection, sold privately in 8/1972 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 4/1983:1139, $37,000 - Paramount “Auction ‘84” 7/1984:612, $37,400 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1034, $235,000

4 MS66 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $30 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33313, $188,000 - Simpson Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/22/1996:1040, $83,600 - High Desert Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Liberty Collection - Heritage 8/2015:3987, $141,000

4 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack Collection - Stack's 1/1990:2 - Goldbergs 9/2003:241, $120,750 - Ed Price Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1411, $299,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2208, $253,000

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Ron Howard: My favorite regular-issue U.S. coin is the coin PCGS graded MS 68. It is, in my opinion, unmatchable for its combination of originality, preservation, and historic numismatic significance.
Ron Guth:

Varieties (6):
JR-1 - Scarce
JR-2 - Very Scarce
JR-3 - Rare
JR-4 - Very Scarce
JR-5 - Rare
JR-6 - Very Scarc


1796 was the first year that Dimes were struck in America.  Six varieties (different die combinations) are known for the year, all of which are either scarce or rare.  1796 Dimes are very rare in Uncirculated condition and most examples fall in the MS-62 to MS-64 range.  Gem and better examples are extremely rare.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early United Dimes 1796-1837" by David J. Davis et al.