Capped Bust Quarter

The Capped Bust Quarters series is divided into two different varieties. The first was issued from 1815 to 1828 and featured a design by John Reich with specifications that matched the earlier quarter series. The second was issued from 1831 to 1838 with a design modified by William Kneass and a reduced diameter. In terms of mintages, the first variety has generally lower levels and contains the rarities of the series, while mintage levels for the second half of the series were generally higher. 



Capped Bust Quarters

Production of the Capped Bust Quarter includes some gaps as the denomination was not very prominent within early America. The lower denominations were used more frequently within everyday commerce and the higher denominations were used by banks and silver depositors. There was simply less need for the quarter dollar denomination.

There are a total of 19 different dates for the series, however advanced collectors will note a larger number of varieties within particular dates. Mintage reporting was not as precise as subsequent years with the entire number of coins dated 1825 included in the 1824 figure, and a mysterious 4,000 mintage reported for the 1827 Capped Bust Quarter, although no circulation strike examples are known to exist.

For the Capped Bust Quarter series:

  • The total number of coins reported struck for the series was 5,496,984. This is broken down as 1,294,584 from the first variety of the series with a large diameter and 4,202,400 coins from the second variety of the series with a reduced diameter.
  • The lowest reported mintage was for 1827 with 4,000 coins reported struck.
  • The highest reported mintage was for 1835 with 1,952,000 coins reported struck.

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Capped Bust Quarter Mintages

1815 89,235
1818 361,174
1819 144,000
1820 127,444
1821 216,851
1822 64,080
1823 17,800
1824 168,000
1825 included above
1827 4,000
1828 102,000
1831 398,000
1832 320,000
1833 156,000
1834 286,000
1835 1,952,000
1836 472,000
1837 252,400
1838 366,000

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