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[1916-1930] Standing Liberty Quarters

The “Standing Liberty Quarter” was issued from 1916 until 1930. Designed by Hermon A. MacNeil, it was minted at the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver Mints. After 25 years of Barber coinage, the country was ready for a different type of design, more representative of the United States at War. When the coin was released in 1916, there was a general outcry at the lack of modesty shown by Liberty who was exposing her right breast and although the same design elements were present for part of the 1917 release, modesty prevailed and Liberty’s breast was covered during the remainder of that year’s mintage. The Variety 1 quarter was only issued during 1916 and a small part of 1917 and is known as the “No Stars Below eagle” variety. Variety 2 was issued from 1917 until 1924 and is known as the “Pedestal Date” variety. Because the date was the high point of the coin and wasn’t protected from wear by other devices, the date was the first element to wear off in circulation. For this reason, beginning in 1925 until 1930, the date was recessed, making it a lot easier to distinguish the dates from well-worn coins of those years.

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