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STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER DOLLARS (1916-1930)

Designer: Hermon A MacNeil

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 96 grains (6.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmarks: The mintmark appears as a small letter just below the eagle's tail on the reverse, as follows:

None = Philadelphia
S = San Francisco
D = Denver


   

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Notes:
The Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar was designed by Hermon A. MacNeil.  The initial design included a bare-breasted Liberty, which proved to be much too daring for some influential individuals.  The complaints against the design were sufficient to force a change in 1917, but the re-design was extreme to the opposite degree.  Instead of covering Liberty's breast with the same flowing material of the rest of her dress, the designer clothed her in a coat of mail!  The reverse design was also re-worked in 1917; the eagle was moved more to the center of the coin and three of the thirteen stars that used to be on the sides of the reverse were now placed beneath the majestic bird.  Beginning in 1925, the dates on the coins were recessed, giving them more protection from wear.  Well struck examples are the most desirable and much attention is focused on Liberty's head.  So-called "Full Head" examples (those with complete details) often bring considerable premiums over poorly struck examples, but attention should also be paid to the rivets on the shield.  Any coin with a Full Head and full rivets is a true prize.  Mintmarks on this type ("D" for Denver or "S" for San Francisco) appear on the obverse just to the left of, and slightly above, the date.  The small M that appears to the right of the date is the designer's initial.

Sources and/or recommended reading:

NO STARS BELOW EAGLE (1916-1917)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1916

52,000

est. 5

Very scarce as a circulation strike.  Proofs are extremely rare and have a satin, slightly matte finish.

1917

8,740,000

est. 10

Proofs are very scarce and have a satin, slightly matte finish.

1917-D

1,509,200

0

 

1917-S

1,952,000

0

 

STARS BELOW EAGLE (1917-1930)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1917

13,880,000

0

 

1917-D

6,224,400

0

 

1917-S

5,552,000

0

 

1918

14,240,000

0

 

1918-D

7,380,800

0

 

1918-S

11,072,000

0

Look for the very rare 1918/7-S overdate.

1919

11,324,000

0

 

1919-D

1,944,000

0

 

1919-S

1,836,000

0

 

1920

27,860,000

0

 

1920-D

3,586,400

0

 

1920-S

6,380,000

0

 

1921

1,916,000

0

 

1923

9,716,000

0

 

1923-S

1,360,000

0

 

1924

10,920,000

0

 

1924-D

3,112,000

0

 

1924-S

2,860,000

0

 

1925

12,280,000

0

 

1926

11,316,000

0

 

1926-D

1,716,000

0

 

1926-S

2,700,000

0

 

1927

11,912,000

0

 

1927-D

976,000

0

 

1927-S

396,000

0

Scarce, semi-key issue.

1928

6,336,000

0

 

1928-D

1,627,600

0

 

1928-S

2,644,000

0

 

1929

11,140,000

0

 

1929-D

1,358,000

0

 

1929-S

1,764,000

0

 

1930

5,632,000

0

 

1930-S

1,556,000

0

Last year of the type.