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1917 "Type I" Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar Obverse

Standing Liberty Quarters

1917 "Type I" Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar Reverse
The Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar was designed by Hermon A. MacNeil.  The initial design included a bare-breasted Liberty, which proved to be much too daring for some influential individuals.  The complaints against the design were sufficient to force a change in 1917, but the re-design was extreme to the opposite degree.  Instead of covering Liberty's breast with the same flowing material of the rest of her dress, the designer clothed her in a coat of mail!  The reverse design was also re-worked in 1917; the eagle was moved more to the center of the coin and three of the thirteen stars that used to be on the sides of the reverse were now placed beneath the majestic bird.  Beginning in 1925, the dates on the coins were recessed, giving them more protection from wear.  Well struck examples are the most desirable and much attention is focused on Liberty's head.  So-called "Full Head" examples (those with complete details) often bring considerable premiums over poorly struck examples, but attention should also be paid to the rivets on the shield.  Any coin with a Full Head and full rivets is a true prize.  Mintmarks on this type ("D" for Denver or "S" for San Francisco) appear on the obverse just to the left of, and slightly above, the date.  The small M that appears to the right of the date is the designer's initial.
Description Mintage
1916 Standing 52,000
1917 Type 1 8,740,000
1917-D Type 1 1,509,200
1917-S Type 1 1,952,000
1917 Type 2 13,880,000
1917-D Type 2 6,224,400
1917-S Type 2 5,552,000
1918 14,240,000
1918-D 7,380,000
1918-S 11,072,000
1919 11,324.000
1919-D 1,944,000
1919-S 1,836,000
1920 27,860,000
1920-D 3,586,400
1920-S 6,380,000
1921 1,916,000
1923 9,716,000
1923-S 1,360,000
1924 10,920,000
1924-D 3,112,000
1924-S 2,860,000
1925 12,280,000
1926 11,316,000
1926-D 1,716,000
1926-S 2,700,000
1927 11,912,000
1927-D 976,000
1927-S 396,000
1928 6,336,000
1928-D 1,627,600
1928-S 2,644,000
1929 11,140,000
1929-D 1,358,000
1929-S 1,764,000
1930 5,632,000
1930-S 1,556,000

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