Capped Bust Half Dimes
Following a span of years from 1806 to 1828, when no half dimes were minted,
the Capped Bust style was introduced in 1829. The design is quite similar to that used on the half dollar 1807-1836, by John
Reich, and was modified from that source by William Kneass, chief engraver at the Mint.
The obverse features Miss Liberty facing to the left, her hair covered by a cloth cap secured by a band inscribed LIBERTY,
with tresses flowing down to her shoulder. Her neckline is draped with a gown, secured with a brooch at the shoulder. Seven
stars are to the left and six to the right. The date is below.
The reverse features an eagle with the shield on its breast, perched on a branch and holding arrows, with E PLURIBUS UNUM
on a scroll above, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 5 C. surrounding.
The span of half
dime coinage from 1829 through 1837 contains no rare dates (although some individual die varieties within the dates are elusive).
Thus, the type set collector has his choice of the entire range.
Specimens seen today are most often encountered in grades from Very Good through Very Fine, and these are fairly plentiful.
Extremely Fine and AU pieces can also be found with frequency. Uncirculated coins are scarcer yet, with truly Gem Uncirculated
pieces being elusive. Most issues within the range are well struck, so it is possible to pick the grade you want and acquire
a piece with excellent design detail definition.
As a collection-within-a-collection, the formation of a date run of half dimes of this design affords a pleasant diversion."