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 that is reminiscent of earlier classical U.S. coinage. Interestingly, this coin underwent a few design changes during its short 15-year production. Most notably, the original 1916 design featuring Lady 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 an unfortunate 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. You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos housed in a plush-lined box with a certificate of authenticity.
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
The product offered for sale in this listing has been certified by one or more professional certification services, so you can be confident in the authenticity and stated condition.