The 1815 Capped Bust Quarter represented the first issue for the type and also the first of the denomination to be struck since 1807. The full mintage of 89,235 coins was delivered in two parts. The first 69,232 coins were delivered on December 16, 1815 and the remaining 20,003 coins were delivered on January 10, 1816.
The latter delivery took place the day before a massive fire broke out at the Mint. As a result of the fire, production of gold and silver coinage would not be resumed until the following year. In the case of quarter dollars, production would not resume until 1818.
Despite the lower mintage, the 1815 Capped Bust Quarters are not as scarce as generally thought. A higher than average number of coins survive since many were likely saved as souvenirs. A combined nine examples have been graded MS65 by PCGS and NGC, with eight pieces finer.