The Standing Liberty Quarter is a vintage American coin minted from 1916 to 1930. Today, they are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. Offered here is a pleasant example hand-selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye-appeal. Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a plush-lined box with a display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated between 1917 and 1930, and will match the quality of the one shown. If you are interested in building a collection, consider adding other great selections from the Icons of American Coinage Series to compliment your purchase.
HISTORY OF THE STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER
The Standing Liberty quarter is a quintessential example of the “Renaissance” of American coinage. Released at the height of World War I, the obverse shows Lady Liberty facing right (towards the “Eastern” war), bearing an olive branch in her outstretched right arm and a shield in her left-representing a desire for peace but a distinct readiness for war. The reverse features an eagle in flight reminiscent of earlier U.S. coinage. A few design changes occurred during its short 15-year history. Most notably, the original 1916 design featuring Liberty with an exposed right breast was covered in chainmail armor by mid-1917. The precise reason for this abrupt modification is not entirely clear, but prevailing hypotheses include prudish public outcry over the exposed breast, requests by the United States Treasury, and symbolic incongruence if Lady Liberty was ready for war, should she not be dressed for such occasion? Production continued through 1930, but no coins were issued in 1931 due to a lack of need during the Great Depression. The design was replaced in 1932 by the Washington Quarter, which continues to grace our nation's coinage today, albeit with modification.
- Type: Standing Liberty Quarter (1916-1930)
- Designer: Herman A. MacNeil
- Weight: 6.25 grams
- Diameter: 24.3 mm
- Composition: 0.900 silver, 0.100 copper
- Net silver weight: 0.18084 oz pure silver
- Obverse Design: Lady liberty, facing right, with shield and olive branch, in wall gate
- Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / IN GOD WE TRVST / DATE
- Reverse Design: EAGLE IN FLIGHT
- Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLVRIBVS VNVM / QUARTER DOLLAR
- 3 x 3 x 1
- This listing is for one coin. Years and mint marks will vary.