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+ PCGS

BUST LEFT. GEM BRILLIANT LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY SEVEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE.
$74,250.00

1808 CAPPED BUST $5 MS64+ PCGS

WIDE 5D. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A COUPLE OF MS65 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. HARRY W. BASS PEDIGREE.
$74,250.00

1810 CAPPED BUST $5, LARGE DATE, LARGE 5 MS64+ PCGS

LARGE DATE, LARGE 5. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST FIVE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE. CAC.
$82,500.00

1811 CAPPED BUST $5, TALL 5 MS64+ PCGS

TALL 5. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. CONSIDERABLY RARER THAN THE SMALL 5. JUST 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER. BASS PEDIGREE. CAC.
$88,000.00

1818 CAPPED BUST $5 MS63 PCGS

WELL STRUCK, SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 90 OR LESS KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$79,750.00

1818 CAPPED BUST $5, STATESOF MS63 PCGS

STATESOF VARIETY. VERY CHOICE, SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. A VERY DESIRABLE VARIETY WITH LESS THAN 125 EXAMPLES EXISTING TODAY IN ALL GRADES. THIS SPECIMEN IS IN THE TOP 10 GRADED AT PCGS.
$78,650.00

1820 CAPPED HEAD $5 LARGE SIZE, SQUARE-BASE 2 MS64 PCGS

SQUARE BASE 2. GEM BRILLIANT LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER. BASS PEDIGREE.
$99,000.00