If you want a challenge, this series of coins is the one for you. Bust Quarter Dollars have some very low mintages and many minor varieties and completing a set is almost impossible. But more and more collectors seem willing to take on the task every year. There are two major types; the Draped Bust and the Capped Bust. The Draped Bust Type has two major varieties - the Small Eagle Reverse of 1796 and the Heraldic Eagle Reverse of 1804-07. The Capped Bust Type also has two major varieties - the Large Size of 1815-38 and the Reduced Size, No Motto Reverse of 1831-38. Some people are collectors and some are true numismatists; if you are a collector of this series you will definitely earn the latter title.
Liberty Seated Type Quarters were produced from 1838 to 1891. Like some other designs, this one was used for several different denominations such as the Half Dime, Dime, Half Dollar and Dollar. It was designed by Christian Gobrecht and has five major varieties. They are the No Motto Above Eagle (1838-53 and 1856-65), the Arrows at Date, Rays Around Eagle (1853), the Arrows at Date (1854-55), the Motto Over Eagle (1860-73 and again 1875-91) and the Heavier Weight, Arrows at Date (1873-74).
Good reference works for those more interested in this type of coin are The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins by Walter Breen and The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters by Larry Briggs and "The Early Quarter Dollars of the United States" by R Duphorne.
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