Capped Bust Quarter (1815 – 1838)

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History

The Capped Bust quarter dollar was minted from 1815 to 1838. For the majority of the series, it contained .8924 silver and .1076 copper and weighed 6.74 grams. In 1837 the silver content changed to 90%. With respect to design, the front, or “obverse” shows a bust of Liberty with long hair and wearing a cap displaying the word “Liberty” across the front. Thirteen stars surround Liberty to represent the original thirteen colonies. The date of mintage appears underneath the bust of Liberty at the bottom of the coin. On the back of the coin or reverse, there is an eagle with outstretched wings with a shield on its chest. The eagle is clutching a branch and arrows in its talons. Above the eagle is a banner with the motto, “E Pluribus Unum”. The denomination, displayed as, “25 c.” appears underneath the eagle at the bottom of the coin. The Capped Bust quarter dollar was only minted in the Philadelphia mint through the duration of the series.

While the designs on the obverse and reverse of the Capped Bust quarter did not change, a second major variety referred to as “Reduced Diameter” occurred in 1831 when the diameter of the coin was reduced from 27 mm down to 24.3 mm. The motto was also removed from the reverse of the coin. A final change occurred in 1837 changing the metal content to 90% silver and also resulted in a change to the coin’s weight from 6.74 grams down to 6.68 grams. Unlike the Half Dollar coin of the period, there was no lettering on the edge of the coin; instead it was minted with a reeded edge during the entirety of the coin series. There were also many different unique varieties found on some of the coins in the series, including variations in the dates, the use of small and large letters, over dates and other small variations too numerous to mention.

Most coins in the series range from between $40 and $70 in the lowest grades to several thousand dollars in high mint state. Some of the unique varieties can reach in the tens of thousands of dollars and two particular varieties, the 1823 with 3 over 2, and the 1827 with a curl base 2 in the denomination, can reach up to $250,000 or more in mint state.

Value

Because there are so many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their authenticity, quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

We Buy Capped Bust Quarter Dollars

We want to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for your coins, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.