In 1916 and early 1917, the United States had not yet entered World War I, but its new Standing Liberty quarter appeared to send a message to the various combatants. Designed by Hermon MacNeil but altered by Philadelphia Mint engravers, the quarter featured Lady Liberty standing between the words "In God We Trust." A shield is in her left hand, and an olive branch is in her right, as if to say the nation was ready to protect itself yet still offered peace.

That not-so-subtle political message had barely entered into circulation when the Treasury Department allowed MacNeil to reflect the rapid approach of the war. By February 1917, Lady Liberty was clad in a sleeveless top of tightly linked chain mail—Liberty was prepared for battle.

That same year, the coin’s reverse was also tweaked to return to MacNeil's preferred design—the eagle was moved up a bit to make room for three stars. Except for placing the date in a protected recess from 1925 on, the design remained unchanged until the coin’s last year of issue, 1930.

Even though the 1916 coin had a small run, it is not the most prized Standing Liberty for collectors. That would be the 1918 quarter minted in San Francisco. The San Francisco Mint struck more than 11-million quarters that year, but some of them clearly show that the "8" in 1918 has been struck over the "7" in 1917. Today, this "over-date" coin is not only the most sought-after coin in the Standing Liberty series, it is one of the most coveted U.S. coins, period.

Quarters dated 1919 are also scarce in most conditions. The only other year in the series that includes a rare issue is 1927. Although there are plenty of Philadelphia coins from 1927 (almost 12 million) and a decent number of Standing Liberty quarters from Denver (just under a million), but the San Francisco Mint only produced 396,000 of the quarters, making 1927-S an expensive hole to fill in one’s collection.

No Standing Liberty quarters were struck in 1931 or '32 due to a lack of demand during the Great Depression. Standing Liberty quarters were replaced with the George Washington design in 1932.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1917 Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1 ** Free Shipping!1919-s Standing Liberty Quarter 251927-d Standing Liberty Quarter Free Shipping1917 Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, Full Head, Lustrous Beauty, ** Free S/h!1919-d Standing Liberty Quarter 251924-d 25c Standing Liberty Quarter Key Date Circulated CoinAu-58 Fh Type 2 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter! Superior Quality Pq Specimen! 1876-1930-s 40-quarter Barber,seated&standing Liberty Roll - Dates In Descript1917-s Us Standing Liberty Quarter Type 11923 S Standing Liberty Quarter Pcgs Vg08 251917-s Type 1 Standing Liberty Silver Quarter Brilliant Uncirculated Full Head1917 S Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter! 14 Day Satisfaction Guarantee1930 Standing Liberty Quarter Au1930 Standing Liberty Quarter, Full Head, * Gorgeous Lustrous Blazer! * Free S/h1918 D Standing Liberty Quarter In Xf/au Condition1924 Standing Liberty Quarter In Uncirculated Condition Nice Luster1917 Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter In Xf Condition1923 Standing Liberty Quarter (1/2 Full Head) Unc1926-d Standing Liberty Silver Quarter * Key Date Coin * Free Shipping1930 25c Ngc Ms64 Fh Standing Liberty Quarter - No Reserve!1917-d Standing Liberty Quarter. Type 1. 1927-d Standing Liberty Quarter (1/2 Full Head) Unc1918 Us Standing Liberty Quarter1918-s Us Standing Liberty Quarter1929-s Standing Liberty Silver Quarter, Toning, Ngc Certified Au-581930 Standing Liberty Quarter..choice Original Au+..lustrous & Very Appealing Nr1971-d Type1 Standing Liberty Silver Quarter EfMixed Lot Of Standing Liberty Quarters 10 Pcs (coins Pictured Are For Sale) #509Group Of (36) Standing Liberty Quarters --- Mostly No Dates, But Some With Dates1917 Type I Standing Liberty Quarter In Hi Vf Condition1917-d 25c Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarter No Reserve Auction1917-s 25c Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarter No Reserve Auction1917-s 25c Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter No Reserve Auction11 Standing Liberty Silver Quarters, Includes 19281917 Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarter Free Shipping1929 Standing Liberty Quarter Ngc Au 581920 Standing Liberty Quarter In Choice Au+++ Condition1918-d Standing Liberty Quarter 251930 Standing Liberty Quarter Free Shipping1917 Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1 ** Free Shipping!1920 Standing Liberty Quarter Vf+ Condition (toned)~colorful Toning~problem Free1930 25c Standing Liberty Quarter ** Free Shipping! Old Antique Us Coin Lot1917 25c Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter1926 D Standing Liberty Quarter! 14 Day Satisfaction Guarantee1917-s Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, Great Strike, Tough Date! ** Free S/h!1917 Standing Liberty Silver Quarter, Pcgs Vf-30, Type-21924-d Standing Liberty Quarter 251919-s 25c Standing Liberty Quarter No Reserve Auction1929 S Quarter Graded By Anacs1926 Standing Liberty Quarter, Very Nice, ** Free Shipping!1920 Standing Liberty Quarter ** Free Shipping!1930 Standing Liberty Quarter Free Shipping1919 Standing Liberty Quarter Free ShippingUs Coins 1917 Type One Standing Liberty Quarter NiceNice Uncirculated 1925 Silver Quarter! Free Shipping, Never Tax!!1918-s 25c Standing Liberty Quarter ( 1918/7 S???)1919-d Standing Liberty Silver Quarter ~ Very Good+ ~ Weak DateWow 1917 Type 1 Standing Liberty Silver Quarter 25c Ngc Gem Ms-65 Full Head~pq!1917 D Var 1 Quarter Graded By AnacsMixed Lot Of Standing Liberty Quarters 10 Pcs (coins Pictured Are For Sale) #508