It's not often that one would expect a Capped Bust quarter dollar to
be featured in an article in The E-Gobrecht, the electronic
newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club. After all, the
Capped Bust design was replaced by the Seated Liberty design that is
the focus of the club.
In this March's edition, 2015 Volume 11, Issue 3, however, collector
Greg Johnson writes about a double-struck 1838 Capped Bust quarter
dollar in his column, "Quarter of the Month."
Collector Andrew Mantione brought the coin to the bourse table of
dealer Gerry Fortin at the Whitman Baltimore
Expo last November.
Mantione was seeking opinions from other collectors and numismatic
experts about the coin he had. None had seen a Capped Bust or Seated
Liberty coin with the type of error Mantione's coin displayed.
Johnson writes: "It appears that the coin was struck twice, and
that the dies rotated with respect to each other between the first and
second striking such that the reverse die, when the coin was struck
for the second time, created a second impression of the design rotated
clockwise from the first. The most interesting effect is the
noticeable 'interference' between the reverse shield lines, both
vertical and horizontal, which is even more striking in hand than in
Johnson asks than anyone who has seen, or has a photo of, or has a
similar error to contact him through LSCC Publications Editor Bill
Bugert via email.