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.
$285,000.00

1825 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS61

VERY CHOICE PROOFLIKE SURFACES. ONLY 4,434 STRUCK.
$37,500.00

1826/'5' CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS61

WELL STRUCK LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 760 ORIGINALLY STRUCK. JUST 30-35 PIECES KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$125,000.00

1826/6 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS61

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 760 STRUCK. JUST 30 TO 35 KNOWN TO EXIST IN ALL GRADES. THIS SPECIMEN IS TIED WITH TWO OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$87,500.00

1827 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS62+

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 2,800 STRUCK. JUST 40-60 COINS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$54,500.00

1830 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS53

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS. ONLY 80-120 KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY. JUST 4,540 ORIGINALLY STRUCK.
$14,950.00

1830 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS63+

CHOICE ORANGE PEEL LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 4,540 STRUCK. JUST 80-120 BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ANY GRADE.
$45,000.00

1831 CAPPED BUST $2.5 AU50

VERY CHOICE AU. ONLY 4,520 STRUCK.
$15,950.00

1832 CAPPED BUST $2.5 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 4,400 STRUCK. JUST 80-120 KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$29,950.00