Quarter Dollar, Standing Liberty, Coin Type from United States - detailed information

Quarter Dollar, Standing Liberty, Coin Type from United States (issued 1916 - 1930)
Coin TypeQuarter Dollar, Standing Liberty

The Quarter Dollar is a United States coin worth 25 cents. It has been produced on and off since 1796 and consistently since 1831.

After the initial issue of the "Draped Bust" type (1796 - 1807), a Capped Bust obverse was used until 1838, a Seated Liberty type (1838 - 1891) and then the so-called Barber Quarter (1892 - 1916).

In 1916, this new design was introduced; it is known as the Standing Liberty Quarter after the symbol on its reverse, emphasising the desire of the United States for peace but also its readiness to enter the war then raging in Europe. There were two modifications to the obverse design; in 1917, chainmail was added in order to cover Liberty's formerly bare breast, then in 1925 the date was placed in a recessed area to prevent the numerals from being worn by use. The reverse was also changed in 1917, with three of the stars surround the flying eagle being moved below it.

The Standing Liberty Quarter was only issued until 1930; no quarters were struck in 1931, then the Washington Quarter was issued - initially meant as a one-year type commemorative, it became the definitive style for the quarter dollar which is still issued today.

The composition of the Standing Liberty Quarter, like that of earlier coins of the denomination, is 90% silver and 10% copper. In later years, the denomination underwent changes in size and composition (the quarter is now lighter and made of copper-nickel), but these coins have never been demonetised and are still legal tender. This, of course, is of academic interest only, as their numismatic value is enormously higher than their face value.

Obverse
United States / Quarter Dollar, Standing Liberty - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the standing figure of Miss Liberty, emerging from an opening between two pedestals; she holds an olive branch in her right hand, and a shield decorated with the Shield of the United States in her left hand. The design was created in the context of World War One, which was raging in Europe in 1916 but the US had not yet joined it. Liberty faces to the viewer's right (heraldic east) in the direction of the European war, and her shield faces in that direction as well.

On the pedestals, divided by the figure of Liberty, is inscribed the motto IN GOD WE TRUST with the "U" in "trust" shaped (in the original Latin fashion) as a V, so IN GOD WE TRVST. Vertically on the pedestals, thirteen stars (seven on the left, six on the right) representing the original thirteen States of the Union.

Around above, LIBERTY. Below the figure, the date [year]. The designer's initial M (for [Hermon Atkins] MacNeil) is at the base of the right pedestal.

The border around the rim is of dashes and dots.

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST [year]
Reverse
United States / Quarter Dollar, Standing Liberty - reverse photo

The central device on the reverse is an eagle flying to right.

Above, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, with the first two words around near the rim and "OF AMERICA" on two lines horizontally below. In small letters below that, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM (translated from Latin: Out of many, one); the letters U are rendered as V, so: E PLVRIBVS VNVM.

Around below, the value and denomination in words: QUARTER DOLLAR. The design also includes thirteen stars representing the original thirteen States of the Union - five on the left, five on the right, and three below the eagle.

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA QUARTER DOLLAR
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Quarter Dollar, Standing Liberty - (14) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Quarter Dollar 1916 Standing Liberty 52,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1916
Quarter Dollar 1917 Standing Liberty 37,857,600 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1917
Quarter Dollar 1918 Standing Liberty 32,692,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1918
Quarter Dollar 1919 Standing Liberty 15,104,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1919
Quarter Dollar 1920 Standing Liberty 37,826,400 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1920
Quarter Dollar 1921 Standing Liberty 1,916,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1921
Quarter Dollar 1923 Standing Liberty 11,076,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1923
Quarter Dollar 1924 Standing Liberty 16,892,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1924
Quarter Dollar 1925 Standing Liberty 12,280,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1925
Quarter Dollar 1926 Standing Liberty 15,732,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1926
Quarter Dollar 1927 Standing Liberty 13,284,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1927
Quarter Dollar 1928 Standing Liberty 10,607,600 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1928
Quarter Dollar 1929 Standing Liberty 14,262,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1929
Quarter Dollar 1930 Standing Liberty 7,188,000 Standing Liberty by MacNeil LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1930
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Quarter Dollar, Standing Liberty: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Sub-type ofQuarter Dollar
From1916
To1930
Face Value25 (x Cent)
CurrentNo
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerHermon MacNeil
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size24.300 mm
Thickness1.750 mm
Mass6.250 g