– Capped Bust Quarter (1815 - 1838)

The Capped Bust Quarter, minted from 1815 to 1838, represents a significant era in American numismatic history. 

Designed by John Reich, the Capped Bust Quarter succeeded the earlier Draped Bust design and introduced a new aesthetic that reflected the changing artistic and cultural landscape of the young nation.

The obverse of the Capped Bust Quarter features a left-facing bust of Liberty wearing a cloth cap, which is adorned with a band inscribed with the word "LIBERTY." 

The design is characterized by sharp details and a sense of elegance, with Liberty's hair flowing gracefully behind her. The date of mintage is located below the bust. 

On the reverse of the coin is an eagle with outstretched wings, clutching arrows and an olive branch in its talons. Above the eagle is the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and below is the denomination "25 C." The eagle is surrounded by a wreath of olive leaves, symbolizing peace and victory. 

The Capped Bust Quarter was minted using a composition of 89.24% silver and 10.76% copper, giving it a distinctive appearance and value. It was used in everyday transactions across the young nation and played a vital role in the economy of the early 19th century. 

During its production, the Capped Bust Quarter underwent several modifications, including changes in the size and style of lettering, as well as adjustments to the design elements to improve striking quality.  

These variations add depth and character to the series, making each issue unique and contributing to the diversity of collecting. 

The Capped Bust Quarter holds a special place in the hearts of collectors and numismatists for its historical significance, artistic beauty, and nostalgic appeal.  

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