Capped Bust $2.5

Capped Bust (1808)


The fledgling United States Mint opened in 1792 with a full complement of machinists, administrators and other sundry personnel, but it sorely lacked in artistic talent. After several years of negotiations, Secretary of State Thomas Jeffer-son’s attempts to hire French inventor Jean Pierre Droz, one of the finest engravers and coiners in the world, had proved futile. Mint Director David Rittenhouse appointed artist Joseph Wright as Chief Engraver in August 1793, but Wright hardly got started before he died a few weeks later in one of Philadelphia’s annual yellow fever epidemics. Desperate for an engraver, Rittenhouse engaged the aging Robert Scot, an English born watchmaker and banknote engraver. Unfortunately Scot’s limited talents as a die engraver, exacerbated by his advancing years and failing eyesight, provided the Mint with marginal designs at best.

Criticism of Scot’s designs was immediate.... (Expand Text)

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1808 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONE YEAR ONLY TYPE COIN. ONLY 2,710 STRUCK. JUST 125-150 BELIEVED TO EXIST IN ALL GRADES.
$357,500.00

1829 CAPPED BUST $2.5 AU58

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. LESS THAN 125 COINS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. ORIGINAL MINTAGE OF ONLY 3,403.
$25,850.00

1832 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS60

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SPECIMEN. ONLY 80-120 KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$29,700.00

1832 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS62

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. LESS THEN 120 BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$39,500.00