Olevian Numismatic Rarities
1818 Capped Bust Quarter PCGS Certified VF30
The Capped Bust design appeared on United States half dimes, dimes, quarters, and half dollars from 1807 to 1839. It was conceived by John Reich, a German immigrant who accepted the position of U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver at the recommendation of Thomas Jefferson in 1807. His first task was to redesign the circulating coinage of Chief Engraver Robert Scot. The obverse of the Capped Bust coins features Liberty, facing left, wearing a headband with the inscription LIBERTY, as well as a Phrygian Cap. The latter was originally worn by emancipated slaves of ancient Rome and was a popular symbol of freedom during the American Revolutionary War. Thirteen stars surround the bust, representing the original states in the Union. The reverse features an American Bald Eagle with outstretched wings holding an olive branch and bundle of arrows in its talons. A scroll above the eagle includes the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. The denomination appears at the bottom, which had not been consistently employed on earlier designs of U.S. coinage. The 1818-dated Capped Bust quarter offered here was minted the year the United States adopted the American flag with 13 stripes and a star for every state. Other notable events from this year included the opening of the men’s clothier Brooks Brothers in Philadelphia and the production of the nation’s first newspaper in Cleveland. With bold details and dark, contrasting surfaces, this circulated specimen is sure to delight coin collectors and American history buffs alike.
Product number: 198005
Price: $700.00 USD