|Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-30)|
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The Standing Liberty Quarter was issued from 1916 to 1930 by the United States Mint. The Standing Liberty Quarter was designed by Hermon Atkins MacNeil, who won a competition to redesign the coin. Type One (19161917) featured Liberty on the obverse and an American eagle in flight on the reverse. Liberty carries an upraised shield in her left hand and an olive branch in her right hand; most notably, this US coin was the only circulating coin to feature Liberty with a bared breast. The following year, a Liberty, Type 2 (19171930) was issued with several design changes, most notably covering Liberty's chest with chain mail and the addition of three stars on the reverse under the eagle. A popular numismatic story is that the design was changed because of a public outcry regarding Liberty's bared breast.
Early Standing Liberty quarters had the date too high and so it quickly wore off. In 1925 the date was recessed into the step, allowing the coin rim to protect it from wear. Evidently this modification did cause the dates to withstand circulation better. Only in production for fifteen years, the Standing Liberty quarter was to suffer an early demise. 1932 marked the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, and a new quarter dollar featuring his portrait was introduced as a circulating commemorative.
Mintmarks The mintmark is located just to the left of the date, while the designer's initial M is to the right. Mintmarks include:
SPECIFICATIONS: Diameter: 24.3 millimeters Weight: 6.25 grams Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper Edge: Reeded Net Weight: .18084 ounce pure silver. (Information gathered from - Wikipedia.org, Coin Resource.org, "The Red Book - A Guide Book of United States Coins", and other sources)
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