Capped Bust $5

Capped Bust (1807-1812)

The early years of the United States Mint were fraught with problems: The equipment was crude, serviceable die steel was difficult to obtain, and until 1816, men and horses, not steam, supplied power to operate the machinery. But one of the most serious problems facing the new enterprise was a lack of experienced personnel, particularly in the area of design and engraving.

When the Mint began operations after the Coinage Act of 1792, employing suitable officers and workmen became one of the first priorities. As early as 1790, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (then the Cabinet officer in charge of the Mint) had been attempting to recruit qualified artisans from European cities where minting methods were state of the art. Jefferson had attended an exhibition at the Paris Mint in 1786, where he observed the operation of an improved coining press and was quite impressed with the machine and its inventor, French engraver J.... (Expand Text)

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1807 CAPPED BUST $5, BUST LEFT MS64+

BUST LEFT. BD-8. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$52,500.00

1809/8 CAPPED BUST $5 MS63+

WONDERFUL OVERDATE EXAMPLE. ONLY 33,875 STRUCK. CAC.
$37,500.00

1810 CAPPED BUST $5, LARGE DATE, LARGE 5 RA65 W

LARGE DATE, LARGE 5. GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. WELL STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER.
$89,500.00

1811 CAPPED BUST $5, TALL 5 MS64

TALL 5. BD-1. CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$42,500.00

1811 CAPPED BUST $5, TALL 5 MS64

TALL 5, BD-1. ONLY 3 HIGHER AT PCGS.
$45,000.00

1811 CAPPED BUST $5, TALL 5 MS65

TALL 5. A FROSTY GEM. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$135,000.00

1812 CAPPED BUST $5 MS63

VERY CHOICE SURFACES. CAC.
$24,950.00

1813 CAPPED BUST $5 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$15,950.00

1813 CAPPED BUST $5 MS64

WELL STRUCK LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$54,500.00

1814/3 CAPPED BUST $5 MS64

VERY CHOICE SATIN LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$69,500.00

1824 CAPPED BUST $5 MS64

GEM SATIN LUSTERED SURFACES. ONLY 30-35 KNOWN TO EXIST IN ALL GRADES. JUST TWO COINS GRADE HIGHER. CAC.
$185,000.00