1827 Capped bust quarter?

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  1. Murillo

    Murillo Active Member

    Hello everyone, going through some old coins and looking up some information on Google. Having said this I was wondering can someone tell me if this is a Capped bust quarter or a Capped bust half? After see this coin, not in good condition but would like to know. Sorry I don't know what the difference would be.
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  3. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    My method would be to see if it were the diameter of a modern quarter. If it is, it's a quarter, if it is larger, it's a half.
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  4. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I guess the older Bust quarters were slightly larger in diameter than a modern quarter, but not nearly as large as a half dollar. If it's close to the size of a modern quarter, it's a quarter.
  5. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    If it's a quarter, it's a good date. Funny, it strikes me as a dime, without having any other object to relate to.

    Edit: Am I crazy? I still think the closeness of the eagle's head to the scroll and the way everything fits around the central devices.....dime!
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  6. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    According to the Redbook, the diameters would be the following.

    Capped Bust Dime (1809-1827) 18.8 mm

    Capped Bust Quarter (1815-1828) 27 mm

    Capped Bust Half (1807-1836) 32.5 mm
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  7. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    @Murillo, do you have this coin in hand?
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  8. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Looks like a dime to me, based on the relative size of the devices.
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  9. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    It is a dime
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  10. NSP

    NSP Well-Known Member

    Can confirm, it is an 1827 dime.
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  11. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    Take another picture with this coin and a modern quarter. If the quarter is bigger, put the old one on top, if the old coin is bigger put the quarter on top. Post, and we'll tell you what's up.
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  12. NSP

    NSP Well-Known Member

    Some more background information about the 1827 quarter... none were made for circulation, and as such, this date is the lowest mintage date of all US quarters. They’re divided into two different groups: so-called originals (with a curl base 2 in “25 C.”) and so-called restrikes (with a square base 2 in “25 C.”). It’s thought that the “originals” were actually made in 1827 and the restrikes were made many years later in the 1860s (roughly), as evidenced by the fact that all but two of the supposed restrikes were struck with heavily corroded dies. In all, there are 9 originals and 16 restrikes (2 essay pieces struck with unrusted dies, 9 silver restrikes, and 5 copper restrikes) that are currently known to exist.

    Since these coins were intended to be collector items from the moment they were struck, they didn’t circulate. There is one of the nine originals that was carried around as a pocket piece and worn down to PF20. How do we know that it was carried as a pocket piece and wasn’t actually spent? It was sold to collector Lewis White as a gem proof in 1865, but when it was sold by White in 1876, it was heavily worn. The only logical explanation for this is that White carried the coin around as a pocket piece during the time he owned it.

    Here’s the PCGS TrueView of the coin:
    (See “Early United States Quarters, 1796-1838” by Steve Tompkins for more information... it’s a great book and I recommend it wholeheartedly.)
  13. Murillo

    Murillo Active Member

    Yes, will follow all the information that was suggested here. Will post pictures with the Capped Bust with a quarter next to it and then with a dime. Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions. Glad to have joined this site so many expert opinions!!
  14. Murillo

    Murillo Active Member

    It's a dime. Smaller than a quarter, little bit bigger than a dime, pretty close to a nickel. Thanks everyone for your information. Love this site!!

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  15. Murillo

    Murillo Active Member

    Great information!! Thank you!
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