The mintages of the Capped Bust Half Dime are well above the levels experienced for earlier issues of the denomination. This makes completion of a full set an achievable task for most collectors. The coin series carried a design based on the work of John Reich, but modified by John Kneass. The same basic design was used for the silver coinage of the era.
After a gap of 23 years, the United States Mint once again began producing half dimes. The new series would be struck in slightly smaller diameter, but with a slightly thicker width. The composition of .8924 silver and balance copper remained the same as previously in use. Ultimately, the Capped Bust Half Dimes were struck for only eight years at the second Philadelphia Mint. Several years contain popular varieties listed in the Red Book.