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    1796 JR-6 Dime, MS63
    High-Grade Early Type Coin

    1796 10C JR-6, R.3, MS63 PCGS. 1796 was the first year of dime (or disme, per nomenclature of the era) production at the First Philadelphia Mint. The Draped Bust and Small Eagle motifs originated on 1795 silver dollars and were adapted for the dime. According to often repeated numismatic legend, the Draped Bust model was Philadelphia socialite Ann Willing Bingham.

    Technically, the 1796 15 Stars is a single-year design subtype, since the 1797 issue has either 16 (JR-1) or 13 (JR-2) stars. This is a satiny, stone-gray representative displays a small dab of dark color right of the D in UNITED, and the obverse shows several parallel, slender, and toned alloy streaks. The strike is sharp for the Draped Bust type.

    A spectacular assemblage of die cracks is seen with a horizontal break through the 17 in the date, a slender crack through star 8 to the center of Liberty's neck that splits into two cracks descending to the rim at 5:30 and 6 o'clock. Also, a crack from 10:30 proceeds through the eagle to the M in AMERICA, a vertical crack from the ribbon to the eagle's breast, a crack through the bases of OF AMER, a crack from the rim to the M, and a delicate crack from the center of the R in AMERICA. Population combined for all 1796 varieties: 13 in 63, 23 finer (11/14). (NGC ID# 236B, Variety PCGS# 38747, Base PCGS# 4461)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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