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    1796 Dime, Attractive MS64
    JR-6, The 'Hyphenated Date' Variety
    Rare This Choice

    1796 10C JR-6, R.3, MS64 NGC. Always popular as the first year of regular-issue federal dimes, the 1796 has a reported mintage of 22,135 pieces. Seemingly, the mintage is inaccurate, since the 1796 date is much more available than the slightly higher mintage 1797 dimes. Perhaps one or more of 1797 deliveries contained 1796-dated coins, or the 1796 was simply saved in higher quantities as the first year of issue.

    The JR-6 die marriage is the second-most available 1796 variety, yet it is scarce-to-rare -- especially in Choice Uncirculated condition such as this coin. A ring of blue and reddish-tan album toning surrounds the obverse, with partially reflective fields and a frosted portrait of Liberty. Numerous die cracks include a pair of intersecting cracks with die chipping at the date (the so-called "hyphenated date"). The central strike is a bit weak on the curls below the ear and at the eagle's breast, but it is otherwise sharp despite die cracks that radiate to the centers of both sides. Only a few tiny marks are visible under a loupe, and there are no adjustment marks to distract the eye. Census (all 1796 varieties): 26 in 64 (2 in 64+, 1 in 64 ), 19 finer (7/18).
    From The Washington Spring Collection. (NGC ID# 236B, Variety PCGS# 38747, Base PCGS# 4461)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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