1797 10C 16 Stars (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Dimes 1796-1807

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
4462
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
19.80 millimeters
Weight:
2.70 grams
Mintage:
25,261
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 2 / 3 10 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 2 / 3 8 / 16
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 3 2 / 16 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 200
60 or Better 20
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 3
60 or Better 2 / 3
65 or Better 1 / 3
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 10 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 16
65 or Better 2 / 16 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:744 - Stack’s “Milton A. Holmes Collection” 10/1960:2675 - James A. Stack Collection - Stack’s 1/1990:3 - Knoxville Collection, offered by Jay Parrino (The Mint) in 2002 - D. Brent Pogue Collection Stack’s/Bowers/Sotheby’s 5/2015:1035, $199,750 - “JRCSLM32” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Adolphe Menjou Collection - Numismatic Gallery 6/1950:145 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/1997:533 - Liberty Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5576, $99,875

4 MS65 estimated grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
10 MS61 PCGS grade MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:744 - Stack’s “Milton A. Holmes Collection” 10/1960:2675 - James A. Stack Collection - Stack’s 1/1990:3 - Knoxville Collection, offered by Jay Parrino (The Mint) in 2002 - D. Brent Pogue Collection Stack’s/Bowers/Sotheby’s 5/2015:1035, $199,750 - “JRCSLM32” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 estimated grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Adolphe Menjou Collection - Numismatic Gallery 6/1950:145 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/1997:533 - Liberty Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5576, $99,875

#4 MS65 estimated grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
MS62 PCGS grade #7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
MS61 PCGS grade #10 MS61 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

1797 Dimes appear in two major varieties, based on the number of stars on the obverse. One version shows sixteen stars to represent the total number of states then in the Union. The second version shows thirteen stars to represent the thirteen original states (the second version became the accepted norm after Mint officials decided that they would soon run out of room on the coins if they kept adding a star for each new state).

Only a single die variety comprises the entire population of the 1797 16 Stars Dime. In it's earliest state, the die is perfect. In later states a crack begins to develop over the top of the date; this eventually develops into a serious crack that causes the lowest portion of the die to sink and (presumably) break off at some point, rendering the die useless.

A small handful of 1797 16 Stars Dimes exist in Mint State, led by the remarkable, late state example from the Pogue Collection (the MS66 example illustrated above).