Capped Bust Dime Coins FAQs
The Capped Bust dime, minted from 1809 to 1837, has two primary design varieties based on size.
Large Size (1809-1828): Often referred to as the "Large Diameter" or "Wide Border" variety, these dimes measure approximately 18.8 mm in diameter. John Reich designed this version, and it's characterized by its broader planchet and the lettering on the edge reading "TEN CENTS ONE TENTH OF A DOLLAR."
Small Size (1828-1837): Starting in 1828, the diameter of the dime was reduced to approximately 18.5 mm, and the edge was changed to a reeded edge. This "Small Diameter" or "Close Collar" variety was a result of technological advancements in minting, which allowed for more standardized coin production.
Within these two primary design varieties, there are numerous die varieties and sub-varieties based on differences in date placement, lettering, star arrangement, and other design elements. Specialized collectors and numismatists often study these more subtle variations in detail. If you're interested in the specific die varieties of the Capped Bust dime, consulting a specialized numismatic reference or expert would provide more comprehensive information.