Featured Do You Collect Capped Bust Dimes?

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  1. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    I do, and I love these little coins.

    Besides early large cents and colonials, the CBD's are perhaps my favorite U.S series.
    Within the Capped Bust Dimes my favorites are the large diameter types, struck in an open collar in use until 1828. The series was continued until 1837 when the last Bust Dimes were struck.

    CBD's are, as a type, fairly scarce. They are not as scarce as the Capped Bust Quarters (specially the large diameter CBQ's), but quite a bit scarcer in my opinion than Capped Bust Halves.

    Consider for example that in the year 1827 alone, almost 1/2 a million more Capped Bust Halves were struck that the entire mintage of open collar dimes struck since the start of production in the year 1809, until the year 1828.

    CBD's in better grades are not that easy to find.

    CBD's are collected by JR numbers (named after John Reich, the chief designer for the series). All were stuck at the Philadelphia mint.

    The most popular and coveted date is the 1822. Many collectors of CBDS's have to do without one of these in their collection. Between 200-250 specimens of the 1822 JR-1 Dimes are estimated to exist today, according to the most recent references. Only 30 or less in grades better than VF. Some are, however, known in MS.

    After the 1822 JR-1, the second most popular date is probably the 1809 JR-1 Dime. Between 200 and 300 of these are estimated to exist.

    Other popular and sought after dates are the 1811/09 JR-1, (350-250 known to exist), and the 1828 JR-2, struck with an open collar. (In 1828 both open-collar and closed collar/small diameter dimes were struck).

    Only 1 variety is known for each of the years 1809, 1811/09, and 1822.

    Besides the popular dates, of course some very rare die varieties exist. The most famous is possibly the 1829 JR-10, with a curled base on the '2'. Very few are known of these, approx. 40 specimens.

    Other important varieties are the 1824/2 JR-2, with curved top '1' in the denomination. This is a very scarce variety with possibly less than 45 known.
    Also popular is the 1827 JR-2 with a flat-top '1' in the denominator.

    These varieties are all listed individually in the Red Book, thus making them popular.

    OK, enough of this introduction. Some of you are hopefully interested or collect this series and can show your examples.

    These are some of mine:

    (Please excuse the poor pictures - my camera is no good with group photos of coins for some reason)

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    1822 JR-1 Capped Bust Dime:

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    Please post your CBD's!
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2016
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  3. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser Just plain busted

    Nice write-up and VERY nice coins.

    I don't collect them per say, but I have a couple. I'll try to post them later if Photobucket ever starts working again.
  4. deacon2828

    deacon2828 Active Member

    Here is a 1832 JR-3 I have on ebay,late die state!

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  5. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    I really like bust dimes. But I can't chase everything I like. I do have e few lower/mid grade examples, maybe I can grab a few pics later. I enjoyed looking at yours and reading the writeup.
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  6. old49er

    old49er Well-Known Member

    Nice dime collection there, great write up. Love the capped bust coins. I only Have one in my U.S. type set,a type 2. I Still need a type 1. uscappedbustdime1835 obv.jpg uscappedbustdime1835 rev.jpg
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  8. murty

    murty Junior Member

    Have a few.....I do have capped bust half dimes year set.
  9. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    Thanks Guys, for your positive comments, and for posting your examples.

    @deacon2828, that is a very interesting cud. The Capped Bust Dime Variety ID Guide states that is a very late and rare die state of JR-3. Nice one!

    @old49er, nice example of an 1835, with great tone. I will try to attribute it.

    As general information and for attribution purposes the New ID Guide is handy and packed with interesting facts about the series.

    For anybody who is interested:


  10. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    @old49er, there are nine die pairings for 1835. Your example is an 1835 JR-1.
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  11. old49er

    old49er Well-Known Member

    Thanks Eduard!
  12. NSP

    NSP Well-Known Member

    Nice dimes... it looks like you have a whole roll of them! While I'm partial to the quarters, your post reminded me that I need to get some of the dimes.
  13. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector

    I collect Capped Bust Quarters and Half dimes.
  14. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    I like the bust half dimes I'm one shy of the short set by date. However I'm a sucker to buy any nice specimens I can find. I can totally understand why the dimes are so appealing to you.
  15. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 Senior Member

    Impressive assortment. I'm looking for one for type, but they always elude me (the condition I want, prooflike, is very scarce).
  16. Black Friar

    Black Friar Supporter! Supporter

    I ceased collecting US type as a group quite awhile ago. However, when I see something interesting especially out of junk silver boxes I know what I'm looking at.
    This is one of those cases. I don't know how any 90% silver box.

    1821 JR 2, R 6, g3 . Quite a piece, I love cuds. Primary numismatic areas 1) Byzantine and related. 2) British 17th and 18th century tokens. Great cuds etc. to be found there. Yes folks, knowledge is power.

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  17. ldhair

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  19. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Seated Liberty / UK Enthusiast

    The 1809 is killer. Actually quite scarce too.
  20. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    Thanks, all for your comments.

    @ldhair, nice examples!

    @Black Friar, that is quite a find! 1821 JR-2 is one of the top ten rarities in the CBD series. The current rarity rating is R-5 as more have been found, but it is still a significant coin.
    Like you, I also found a '21 JR-2 (in my own junk box where it lay unatributted for 20 years...). Not in great condition, but still a scarce (and valuable coin).

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  21. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    Your are correct, @Omegaraptor, 1809 CBD's are quite popular and can be hard to find. I recall about 5 years ago there was some kind of craze about them and many people were looking for one.

    I have 3 examples in my collections, unfortunately none in good condition or problem-free.
    This is the better one:

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