Capped Bust Coinage – Open Registry

Capped Bust Seated Dimes - Ultimate Varieties Set

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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 variety is no easy task with 122 coins including 6 R7s, a fair portion of R3 and R4 coins yet many R1s. The pursuit of the major varieties collection requires patience and persistence, but also provides for those who love the thrill of the hunt - these beauties grow on you quite quickly. The reference book used to attribute them Early United States Dimes 1796-1837 by David J. Davis, Russell J. Logan, Allen F. Lovejoy, John W. McCloskey and William L. Subjack. It was published in 1984 by the John Reich Collectors Society. Capped Bust Half Dime collector would recognize Russell Logan and Liberty Seated Collectors would recognize John McCloskey's name - the current President. Their 279 page book is considered the "Bible" among collectors and dealers alike. While not in color, it gives a very pleasing picture of every variety obverse and reverse. This book covers earlier dimes too, but this is beyond the scope of Capped Bust Dimes. The authors describe Emission Order, Die Deterioration and Diameters by year. Their quick finding charts are very helpful in determining the correct variety number for any date.

Capped Bust Dimes came from either open collar or closed collar minting process starting in 1828. There is an overlap of these methods in 1828. Like other capped bust coins, the numbers of pale gules on the reverse shield is either 2 or 3 making for interesting collecting goals by themselves. Early dime production was erratic - no dimes dated 1810 were struck and none were minted in 1812, 1813, 1815-1819 or 1826. There were 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 opinion of the difference over those years and enjoy the coins!

The Capped Bust Dime Ultimate Varieties Set 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 - Ultimate Varieties Set

Excel Submission Form


% Completion

 Weighted Grade




Dimeman's Complete Collection




June 29, 2015
The "I Love Busties Too!" Collection




June 22, 2015
The John Okerson Collection




August 1, 2015



% Completion: Number of coin entries divided by total entries requirement to complete a set; for Major Variety Set, Business Strikes, then 123 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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