Standing Liberty Quarter

1916 – 1930

The Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar was produced from 1916 to 1930, which was relatively short-lived for a coin, especially one of such nice design. It is interesting to note that no quarter dollars were minted in 1922. The coins were struck in; Philadelphia (no mintmark), San Francisco (S), and Denver (D), with a total of over 226 million coins for all years and mintmarks combined.

In its first year the obverse of the Standing Liberty Quarter featured a bare breasted Lady Liberty. In 1917 designer Hermon A. MacNeil was pressured to change the design. Perhaps the designer was making a statement when he changed the design by adding a coat of chain mail to Liberty’s breasts. MacNeil was a well known sculptor and had won the US Mints design competition for the new quarter.

Standing Liberty Quarter

Standing Liberty Quarter

The reverse side of  the coin was also changed in 1917. The Eagle was placed more in the center and the thirteen stars were rearranged so that three of them were now below the eagle. This change represents the two main varieties of the Standing Liberty Quarter; Type 1, “No Stars Below the Eagle” (1916 & 1917) and Type 2, “Three Stars Below the Eagle” (1917 through 1930). Both Type 1 and Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarters were struck by all three mints in 1917.

Because of the way the coin was designed the date, the rivets on the shield and Lady Liberty’s head were the first areas to see wear. In 1925 the design was changed to recess the date in an attempt to protect it from wear. Needless to say examples with a “Full Head”, “Full Rivets” and a sharp date are the most valuable.

“Full Head” examples are more a result of the quality of the strike than with normal wear. Many uncirculated coins do not qualify for this classification. For a Standing Liberty Quarter to be “Full Head” it must meet the following criteria:

  • Three leaves completely visible in Lady Libertys hair
  • A complete hairline
  • Indentation for the ear must be visible
Standing Liberty Quarter

Standing Liberty Quarter

The rarest date is the 1916 strike, there were only 52,000 minted that year. The 1927 S is also hard to find, there were only 396,000 struck. In 1918 there was an error discovered where a 7 was placed over top of the 8. The errors were minted at San Francisco and are referred to as the 1918/7 S Overdate.

Because of its beauty the Standing Liberty Quarter is one of the most popular coins with collectors. It is possible for a collector to complete a full set, even in higher grades. Whether you want to work at completing a full set or you  just want to collect a nice coin the Standing Liberty Quarter should be part of your portfolio.

Standing Liberty Quarter Specifications:

  • Diameter: 24.3 mm
  • Weight: 6.25 g
  • Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Net Weight: .18084 oz pure silver

By D. Slone Copyright, 2011

Standing Liberty Quarter Mintage Numbers:

1916 …. 52,000
1917 Type 1 …. 8,740,000
1917-D Type 1 …. 1,509,200
1917-S Type 1 …. 1,952,000
1917 Type 2 …. 13,880,000
1917-D Type 2 …. 6,224,400
1917-S Type 2 …. 5,552,000
1918 …. 14,240,000
1918-D …. 7,380,000
1918-S …. 11,072,000
1919 …. 11,324.000
1919-D …. 1,944,000
1919-S …. 1,836,000
1920 …. 27,860,000
1920-D …. 3,586,400
1920-S …. 6,380,000
1921 …. 1,916,000
1923 …. 9,716,000
1923-S …. 1,360,000
1924 …. 10,920,000
1924-D …. 3,112,000
1924-S …. 2,860,000
1925 …. 12,280,000
1926 …. 11,316,000
1926-D …. 1,716,000
1926-S …. 2,700,000
1927 …. 11,912,000
1927-D …. 976,000
1927-S …. 396,000
1928 …. 6,336,000
1928-D …. 1,627,600
1928-S …. 2,644,000
1929 …. 11,140,000
1929-D …. 1,358,000
1929-S …. 1,764,000
1930 …. 5,632,000
1930-S …. 1,556,000

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One Response to “Standing Liberty Quarter”
  1. debra says:

    i have a standing lady it has wear on it for examples you can see the hole body face neck it just silver. the word liberty across the top the olive branch in her hand. the letter m in botten right. On reverse side wear all around edge . the word united states of american the eagel and three stars. Do it have any value thank you for your time.

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