Capped Bust Coinage – Open Registry

Capped Bust Seated Dimes - Date Set, Business Strikes

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Capped Bust Dimes open registry, as explained on the main registry page, is an opportunity to showcase both certified and uncertified circulated (and uncirculated) dimes. The purpose of the registry is simply for enjoyment and to promote the awareness of bust coinage. Though there is sure to be good natured competition, there are no awards, luncheons, or parades – just an opportunity to share the additions to your capped bust dimes set.

A set of Capped Bust Dimes complete by date is a fun task containing 20 coins over 28 years. These beauties grow on you quite quickly, particularly in higher grades. They cover a part of American history where a lot occurred and having a coin of that era can be a fine commemoration for the collector.

Capped Bust Dimes came from either open collar from 1809 to 1828 or closed collar minting process from 1828 to 1837. There is an overlap of these methods in 1828. Early dime production was erratic - no dimes dated 1810 were struck and none were minted in 1812, 1813, 1815-1819 or 1826. There are two designers for this series - John Reich and William Kneass. Many Bust coin collectors like John Reich's work but William Kneass "introduced an innovative new coining method as part of a long-range project to improve striking quality, wearability and stacking characteristics." Compare for yourself to see your own opinion of the difference over those years and enjoy the coins!

John Okerson, June 12, 2014

The Capped Bust Dime Date Set, Business Strikes input form is available in Excel format. Submitting a set is as easy as opening this link, adding your coins and descriptions and submitting to Gerry Fortin via email at Click here for Microsoft Excel Form; you can use the input form as a tracking method for contents of your collection.

Please email your completed form to and I will do my best to quickly post your set or recent updates!


Capped Bust Dimes - Date Set, Business Strikes

Excel Submission Form


% Completion

 Weighted Grade




The Dale Miller Collection




November 27, 2014
The John Okerson Collection




June 17, 2014



% Completion: Number of coin entries divided by total entries requirement to complete a set; for Major Variety Set, Business Strikes, then 20 entries are required for a 100% completion.

Set Weighted Grade: The grade of each coin is multiplied by the "rarity factor", then summed and divided by the total of the "rarity factors" for those coin entries in the set.

Set Rating: The grade of each coin is mutiplied by the "rarity factor", then summed and divided by the total of all "rarity factors" for a completed set.

Rarity Factor: Rarity factor using William Herbert Sheldon's scale released in 1958 is applied to the numerical grade of the coin. While being developed for the one cent coins which he studied, the scale has been used for defining the rarity of all coins. These R values are initially used as the Weight factor for Capped Bust Half Dimes to determine Set Rating and Set Weighted Grade.



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