1796 H10C LIKERTY VG8

CERTIFICATION#: -38605
PCGS#: 4254

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $10.5

Expert Comments

Ron Guth:

The 1796 Half Dime is the first year of the Draped Bust design type.  It is a scarce date that it is at least as rare, if not more rare, than the 1794.  Very few Mint State examples are known, the most notable of which is a single MS67 example that was first certified by PCGS in late 1989.  The unusual "LIKERTY" variety was not a spelling error -- the "K" is actually a broken "B."  The only other variety of this year is an overdate: 1796 over 5.

Varieties (2):
Valentine 1 - "LIKERTY" - Scarce
Valentine 2 - 1796/5 - Very Rare

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837" by Russell J. Logan and John W. McCloskey

Diameter: 16.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 10,230 Weight: 1.35 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
1
500
1
2
600
1
3
975
2
6
1,850
10
2,650
3
45+
9,250
50+
11,500
53+
13,500
55+
18,500
58+
23,000
62+
30,500
63+
38,000
64+
69,000
65
125,000
1
67
300,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 500 R-6.0 4 / 5 TIE 9 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 5 / 5 10 / 12
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 5 2 / 12 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade