Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Murillo, Jan 28, 2020.
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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.
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!
Capped Bust Dime (1809-1827) 18.8 mm
Capped Bust Quarter (1815-1828) 27 mm
Capped Bust Half (1807-1836) 32.5 mm
@Murillo, do you have this coin in hand?
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.
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.)
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!!
Great information!! Thank you!
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