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SERIES: Draped Bust $10 1795-1804
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1796 $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
8554
Diameter:
33.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
17.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,146
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$322,000 • NGC MS63 • 6-1-2008 • Stack's
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 150 R-7.5 3 / 4 7 / 14
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 3 / 4 6 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 4 1 / 14
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS62+ PCGS grade

Dr. William A. Bartlett Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:2788 - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:950 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2093, $411,250

4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS62+ PCGS grade

Dr. William A. Bartlett Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:2788 - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:950 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2093, $411,250

4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 estimated grade  

Stack's 6/2008:2092, $322,000

7 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11726, $115,000

7 MS61 PCGS grade  
7 MS61 PCGS grade  
7 MS61 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1796 $10 gold piece is an inherently rare coin, thanks in large part to a miniscule mintage of just over 4,100 pieces.  The 1796 is at least three times as rare as the 1795 and it is much more diffcult to find a Mint State example of the 1796.  Only one die pair was used for this year, thus there is no competition among different die varieties, as collectors only need one variety of this date. 

The most common certified grade for this date is AU55 and the greatest part of the population falls into a range that goes from AU50 to AU58.  Just over a dozen Mint State examples are known, with MS63 being the top grade for this date.


David Akers (1975/88): The mintage of the 1796 is only about one-fourth less than that of the 1795, but this date is twice as rare as the 1795 in all grades. Extremely Fine and Almost Uncirculated specimens are the average quality available but a small number of uncirculated pieces are also known, several of which have prooflike surfaces and are sufficiently well struck that they may have been presentation pieces. Although the 1795 admittedly has the added popularity from being the first year of issue, in my opinion the 1796 is very undervalued in comparison.