1798/7 10C 16 Stars Reverse MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -38702
PCGS#: 4468

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $25

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1798/7 Dime with 6 stars on the reverse is an unusual case of die usage.  First, the obverse die, which was leftover from 1797 and overdated with an 8 that was much too small.  Why a tiny 8 was used is unknown, but the appearance of the overdate prompted Walter Breen to proclaim it the reason that engraver Robert Scot often omitted the final digit in the dies to avoid overdating.  Likewise, the reverse is unusual because it was the same one used to strike 1807 Quarter Eagles!

Mint State 1798/7 16 Stars Reverse Dimes are rare but not overly scarce.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS64 and goes up to MS65. The finest example appears to be the PCGS MS65+ from the Eric P. Newman Collection, though there are three PCGS MS65s that might compare favorably.

 

Diameter: 19.80 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 27,550 Weight: 2.70 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
2
450
1
15
2,450
2
20
2,750
2
35
3,900
4
45+
4,900
50+
5,500
53+
6,150
55+
6,850
58+
8,200
60
11,000
62+
17,000
63+
25,000
64+
52,500
65+
100,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 9 / 13 TIE 10 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 7 / 13 TIE 9 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 2 / 13 TIE 2 / 16 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson - Eric P. Newman, who paid $35 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33314, $88,125

2 MS65 PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade