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Standing Liberty Quarter Values

Updated on November 19, 2011

Standing Liberty Quarter Value

Minted from 1916-1930, the Standing Liberty Quarter is one of a handful of US minted coins that depicts a military inspired design. The Standing Liberty Quarter in its early mintage years is notorious for its high relief date that was easily worn off in regular circulation. Since many of these early silver quarters became date-less, surviving readable date specimens are incredibly valuable. On top a high collector’s value, the Standing Liberty Quarter melt value is also enticing for investors as their composition is 90 percent Silver. Covered in this article are the history, melt values and collector’s values for the Standing Liberty Quarter.

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1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Obverse. Variety 1 w/exposed breast. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Obverse. Variety 1 w/exposed breast. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
1929S Standing Liberty Quarter. Variety 2 w/covered breast. Mintmark can be observed by Liberty's feet. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
1929S Standing Liberty Quarter. Variety 2 w/covered breast. Mintmark can be observed by Liberty's feet. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com

History of the Standing Liberty Quarter:

  • The Standing Liberty Quarter was first released as a small mintage of 52,000 in 1916. The mintage was so small because most of the quarters produced that year were the old Barber Quarter design.
  • The design for the Standing Liberty Quarter was created by Hermon A. MacNeil. The obverse of the silver quarter featured a portrait of Liberty standing with a raise shield while also holding an olive branch. It symbolism can best be described as America's preparedness for war, but also its desire for peace. On the reverse of the coin, a soaring eagle can be seen.
  • Although Hermon A. MacNeil is credited for the design of the Standing Liberty Quarter, the mint was also responsible for changes in the initial design. In 1916 and part of 1917, Standing Liberty Quarters were produced with Liberty's breast exposed. When MacNeil became aware of the design, he disproved and lobbied that it be changed. Halfway through 1917, MacNeil's revision began mintage with a covered Liberty and stars below the reverse eagle.
  • In 1925, the date design on the Standing Liberty Quarter was modified. After almost 10 years of previous mintage, it was clear that the raised date was a poor design. Many of the Seated Liberty Quarters in circulation exhibited premature wear on the date, leading to many date-less quarters. In order to prevent this problem on proceeding coinage, the date was recessed into the design.
  • With legislation passed for the new Washington Quarter design, the Standing Liberty Quarter ceased mintage in 1930. There were no quarters produced in the year 1931.

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1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Reverse. Variety 1 w/o stars under the Eagle.
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Reverse. Variety 1 w/o stars under the Eagle.
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Reverse. Variety 2 w/ stars under the Eagle. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Reverse. Variety 2 w/ stars under the Eagle. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com

Did you Know?

Unless you have a worn date Standing Liberty Quarter, most likely it has value greater than melt value. The individual value of your coin is strictly based upon its condition. If you're unsure of how to tell the condition of your coin, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Coin Grading Scale.

Composition and Standing Liberty Quarter Melt Value:

  • Weight - 6.25 Grams
  • Metal Composition - 90% Silver, 10% Copper
  • Melt Value - $7.97 per coin

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Standing Liberty Quarter Values:

Between the numerous Standing Liberty Quarters with dates worn off from the early mintage, and an extreme demand from collectors, the values of these silver quarters are quite significant. The great part about this collection of quarters is that even the date-less quarters are still worth around $8 per coin in silver value. Either way you go, Standing Liberty Quarters are a great investment. Below are the numismatic values for Key and Semi Key dates from the Standing Liberty Quarter Mintage:

Key Date Standing Liberty Quarters:

  • 1916 - Valued at $2,800-19,000+
  • 1921 - Valued at $150-1,250+
  • 1923S - Valued at $250-1,500+

Semi Key Date Standing Liberty Quarters:

  • 1917D - Variety 2. Valued at $45-300+
  • 1917S - Variety 2. Valued at $45-300+
  • 1919D - Valued at $90-1,300+
  • 1919S - Valued at $80-1,400+
  • 1920D - Valued at $45-700+
  • 1924D - Valued at $50-350
  • 1927S - Valued at $40-5,000+

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Thank you for reading my article on Standing Liberty Quarter Values. I have included a list of my other coin articles if you are interested in other modern United States coinage. Thanks again and good luck collecting!

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