Standing Liberty QuartersThe Standing Liberty Quarter series only ran for a short duration from 1916 to 1930. The coin's classic depiction of Liberty makes it popular with collectors. A complete set can be a challenge to complete because of one rare key date. Significant conditional rarities also exist for collectors pursuing mint state coins with the "Full Head" designation.
The coin was designed by Hermon MacNeil, who was determined to be the winner of a competition between three famous sculptors. The obverse design features an image of Liberty standing within the opening of a gate decorated with thirteen stars. She holds a shield in one hand and an olive branch in the other. An early design change added chain mail to Liberty's attire.
The reverse features an eagle in flight with stars surrounding. The inscriptions read "United States of America", "E Pluribus Unum", and "Quarter Dollar". An early design change would rearrange the stars, placing five to each side of the eagle and three stars below.
The key date coin of the series is the 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter, which had a scant mintage of only 52,000 pieces. This small number of coins was produced in the final weeks of 1916, but not released into circulation until the following year. This curious set of circumstances created one of the lowest mintage U.S. coins of the 20th century.
Collectors of certified mint state graded coins of the series will pay particular attention to the level of detail present within the strike. Coins which are fully struck will receive a designation of "Full Head" signifying that full details are present on Liberty's head. These coins can carry a significant premium for some issues such as the 1927-S quarter.
Standing Liberty Quarters were minted each year between 1916 to 1930, except for 1922. Coins were produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints, although production did not take place at certain facilities for certain years.
This site will provide some additional basic information about the coin series, including mintages and specifications of the coins. A selection of certified Standing Liberty Quarters available for sale is also included.