1796 $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust $10 1795-1804

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS #:
8554
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
33.00 millimeters
Weight:
17.50 grams
Mintage:
4,146
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 150 R-7.5 3 / 4 7 / 14
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 3 / 4 6 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 4 1 / 14
Survival Estimate
All Grades 150
60 or Better 15
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 4
60 or Better 3 / 4
65 or Better 1 / 4
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 14
60 or Better 6 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 14

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 estimated grade

Grant Pierce Collection - Stack’s 5/1965 - Dr. Ketterman Collection - RARCOA “Auction ‘82” 8/1982:941 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1795, $74,750

1 MS63 estimated grade

Stack’s 3/1985:823 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1796, $66,125

5 MS62+ PCGS grade

Dr. William A. Bartlett Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:2788 - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:950 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2093, $411,250

6 MS62 PCGS grade

Byron Reed Collection - Spink America 10/1996:151, $66,000 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2005:1301, $115,000 - Goldbergs 2/2006:1229, $138,000 - Goldbergs 2/2009:1520, $161,000

6 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS62 estimated grade

Stack's 6/2008:2092, $322,000

9 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11726, $115,000

9 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:5376, $105,750

#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 estimated grade

Grant Pierce Collection - Stack’s 5/1965 - Dr. Ketterman Collection - RARCOA “Auction ‘82” 8/1982:941 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1795, $74,750

#1 MS63 estimated grade

Stack’s 3/1985:823 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1796, $66,125

#5 MS62+ PCGS grade

Dr. William A. Bartlett Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:2788 - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:950 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2093, $411,250

#6 MS62 PCGS grade

Byron Reed Collection - Spink America 10/1996:151, $66,000 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2005:1301, $115,000 - Goldbergs 2/2006:1229, $138,000 - Goldbergs 2/2009:1520, $161,000

#6 MS62 PCGS grade
#6 MS62 estimated grade

Stack's 6/2008:2092, $322,000

#9 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11726, $115,000

#9 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:5376, $105,750

Ron Guth:

The 1796 $10 gold piece is an inherently rare coin, thanks in large part to a miniscule mintage of just over 4,100 pieces. The 1796 is at least three times as rare as the 1795 and it is much more diffcult to find a Mint State example of the 1796. Only one die pair was used for this year, thus there is no competition among different die varieties, as collectors only need one variety of this date.

The most common certified grade for this date is AU55 and the greatest part of the population falls into a range that goes from AU50 to AU58. Just over a dozen Mint State examples are known, with MS63 being the top grade for this date.

David Akers (1975/88): The mintage of the 1796 is only about one-fourth less than that of the 1795, but this date is twice as rare as the 1795 in all grades. Extremely Fine and Almost Uncirculated specimens are the average quality available but a small number of uncirculated pieces are also known, several of which have prooflike surfaces and are sufficiently well struck that they may have been presentation pieces. Although the 1795 admittedly has the added popularity from being the first year of issue, in my opinion the 1796 is very undervalued in comparison.