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Obverse of 1797 Dime     Reverse of 1797 Dime

1797 DIME

PCGS No: 4462, 4463

Circulation strikes: 25,261
Proofs: 0

Designer: Obverse by Robert Scot, reverse by John Eckstein

Diameter: 19.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Other - 10.8% 

Weight: 41.6 grains (2.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all examples of this date and type were struck at Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (2):
JR-1 - 16 stars on obverse
JR-2 - 13 stars on obverse

The finest Uncirculated 1797 "16 Stars" Dime graded by PCGS is a single MS-66. 

The finest Uncirculated "13 Stars" Dime graded by PCGS is a single MS-64. 

The finest 1797 Dime graded by NGC is a single MS-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report, April 2003" by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

"Early United Dimes 1796-1837" by David J. Davis et al.