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  • 25 Cents 1916-1917, KM# 141, United States of America (USA)
  • 25 Cents 1916-1917, KM# 141, United States of America (USA)
  • 25 Cents 1916-1917, KM# 141, United States of America (USA), Denver Mint (D)
  • 25 Cents 1916-1917, KM# 141, United States of America (USA), San Francisco Mint (S)
Description

The Standing Liberty quarter is a 25-cent coin that was struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1930. It succeeded the Barber quarter, which had been minted since 1892.

It was designed by Massachusetts sculptor Hermon A. MacNeil. The initial design (Type 1) included a bare-breasted Liberty, which was redesigned quickly. 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 (Type 2). 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.

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.

The "key" to this short-lived series is the 1916. This issue ranks as one of the lowest mintage circulating coins of the entire twentieth century, solidifying its status as an important key date.

Obverse

Depicts the standing figure of Liberty Liberty on guard against attacks within the opening of a small gate adorned with thirteen stars. She holds a shield in her left hand and an olive branch in her right. The word LIBERTY appears above and the date below. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is split over both sides of the gate.

Mintmark (if any) appears to the right of the lowest of the left-hand column of stars (to the left of Liberty's feet). The small M that appears to the right of the date is the designer's initial.

LIBERTY
IN GOD WE TRVST
M
1917

Reverse

Depicts an eagle in flight with seven stars to the left and six to the right. Beneath the eagle is the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR, with the remaining inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM in the field above the eagle.

13 stars represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the U.S.

UNITED•STATES
OF
AMERICA
E•PLVRIBVS
VNVM
QUARTER•DOLLAR

Edge

25 Cents

Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, No Stars Below Eagle
KM# 141
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 6.25 g
Diameter 24.3 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
Philadelphia Mint (no mintmark)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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