In this case the 9 is clearly visible. Even if the 9 were not clearly visible, you could tell it is a 1896 by the position of the 1. It is right of the bottom of the neck. In the 1886 the 1 is farther to the left just past the bottom of the neck in the type 1 variety. Also the oval of the 9 is more elongated than an 8 would be.