1796 H10C LIKERTY MS63 Certification #25304183, PCGS #4254

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

PCGS #
4254
Designer
Robert Scot
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
16.50 millimeters
Weight
1.35 grams
Mintage
10230
Metal
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Pop Higher
5
Pop Lower
128
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 4 / 5 TIE 9 / 12 TIE
All Grades 35 R-8.8 5 / 5 10 / 12
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 5 2 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 500
All Grades 35
60 or Better 2
65 or Better R-6.0
All Grades R-8.8
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better 4 / 5 TIE
All Grades 5 / 5
60 or Better 2 / 5
65 or Better 9 / 12 TIE
All Grades 10 / 12
60 or Better 2 / 12 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Texas Collection - Christies 5/1989:98, $198,000 - Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1005, $411,250 - JRCSLM32 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

R.L. Miles Collection - Stack’s 5/1969:390, $2,700 - Lelan Rogers Collection, sold privately in 7/1995 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Colllection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1006, $94,000

5 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Texas Collection - Christies 5/1989:98, $198,000 - Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1005, $411,250 - JRCSLM32 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 estimated grade
MS65 PCGS grade #4 MS65 PCGS grade

R.L. Miles Collection - Stack’s 5/1969:390, $2,700 - Lelan Rogers Collection, sold privately in 7/1995 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Colllection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1006, $94,000

MS64 PCGS grade #5 MS64 PCGS grade