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    'Hyphenated Date' First-Year
    1796 Dime, JR-6, Choice XF

    1796 10C XF45 PCGS. JR-6, R.3. The first-year dimes and quarters of 1796 were of the Draped Bust obverse style, following the previous Flowing Hair style introduced on the 1794 and 1795-dated silver dollars, half dollars, and half dimes. The Small Eagle reverse on the dimes is limited to the two-year type span of 1796 and 1797. Among the six die marriages known for the 1796 dimes, the JR-6 is the second most common, with the JR-1 seen slightly more often. The JR-6 shows all letters in LIBERTY separated, but the bold die crack running horizontally through the 7 in the date is the most obvious diagnostic--this variety is sometimes called the "Hyphenated Date." On the reverse, the left branch has four berries, two on the outside.
    Subtly luminous elements remain at the margins of this Choice XF coin. The obverse is richly toned gray and reddish-gold, while the reverse has lighter silver color overall, with areas of caramel and violet at the borders. Wear is confined mostly to the high points. This late-state example shows a further die crack from the rim, through 9 in the date, onto the neck and head, to star 8 and the rim. The piece is well-struck overall, with faint obverse adjustment marks and housed in a green label holder.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 236B, 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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