The Capped Bust Quarters series is divided into two different varieties. The first was issued from 1815 to 1828 and featured a design by John Reich with specifications that matched the earlier quarter series. The second was issued from 1831 to 1838 with a design modified by William Kneass and a reduced diameter. In terms of mintages, the first variety has generally lower levels and contains the rarities of the series, while mintage levels for the second half of the series were generally higher.
Production of the Capped Bust Quarter includes some gaps as the denomination was not very prominent within early America. The lower denominations were used more frequently within everyday commerce and the higher denominations were used by banks and silver depositors. There was simply less need for the quarter dollar denomination.