Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 52,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (5/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 STANDING 25C MS obverse 1916 STANDING 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar resulted from an invitational competition for new silver coin designs that included three sculptors of proven ability: Adolph A. Weinman, Albin Polasek and Hermon MacNeil. Mint Director Robert Woolley was under the impression that the 1890 law requiring that a coin design be struck for 25 years before being changed also mandated that a change occur after those 25 years had been completed. Thus did Hermon MacNeil win the commission to replace Charles Barber's aging Liberty Head design in 1916.

MacNeil submitted several models for this coin type during that year. In August, Treasury Secretary William G. MacAdoo approved his latest models, and the artist was stunned when the actual coins strayed from them considerably. The U. S. Mint's own engraving department had modified them extensively, returning to an earlier version of the obverse and an entirely new version of the reverse.

This Mint's artists were still tinkering with the models when the order came to begin production of circulating coins. A mere 52,000 examples were struck December 16 to accompany the dimes and half dollars also dated 1916, but these coins were not released until the following month. Because the obverse of the 1916 quarters had a soft, unfinished quality to it, the Mint's new Director, F. J. H. von Engelken, held them back until the sharpened hubs for 1917 had produced enough pieces to issue the two dates together. Thus were both the 1916 and 1917 quarters released simultaneously on January 17, 1917. The result was that most persons desiring to save a sample or two of the new coins never knew of the rare 1916 pieces, unless they were readers of numismatic publications. Even established collectors found it challenging to locate 1916-dated Standing Liberty Quarters, and this coin was selling for a dollar or more within months of its release.

The 1916 issue is indeed scarce across all grades, though not rare in an absolute sense. Gems, however, are very elusive, and coins having a fully struck head of Liberty are far more rare than for the much sharper 1917 edition. Worn coins having a readable date are very scarce, as this feature was not protected by the coin's rim and wore away within 10-15 years of entering circulation. Dateless examples remain identifiable by differences in the obverse hubs between 1916 and 1917, the only dates of this design subtype.

The rarity and high price of this date has had a dampening effect on prices for the entire series, as fewer collectors seek to complete a set of Standing Liberty Quarters as compared to those collecting its contemporaries, the Mercury Dime and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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1916 STANDING 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3150 5050 6550 7600 9800 10300 10750 12350 12900 14250 14900 16000 17000 20500 27750 35500 52000 - - -
$ - - - - 13400 - 15250 16250 17750 21500 30000 - - -
1916 STANDING 25C MS Full Head
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Base $ - - - - - 12500 13000 13500 14500 15750 16500 17000 19900 25000 39000 53000 160000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 865
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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6/11/2017 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3630


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1/4/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #128, 128/Lot# 237 $9,157.50
12/23/2001 NGC MS 65   Full Head Teletrade Auction 1520, 1520/Lot# 1092 $22,050.00
12/4/2008 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 1285 $13,800.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 760 $9,487.50
5/27/2010 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 483, 489/Lot# 7265 $6,210.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 62   Full Head Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1529 $21,275.00
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 138654 $13,346.30
7/11/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20240 $8,695.00
6/4/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3927 $19,975.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 STANDING 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1969252527542960312633453396344734703486351035253564360136754080499268208200120751179514655
215426012822301531993362341334543475349435153538357636253810438456017280949112075127480
00000034133454347534943515353835763625381043845601728094911207500
000000343034623480350235203551358836503945468862107740107831207500
1916 STANDING 25C MS Full Head
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333334063583374737733790381438313872391239914565571174319918143474425274250
3333113734653637375537783798381938443885393841824947628482601139424315542510
000000363737553778379838193844388539384182494762848260113942431500
000000369237643784380638253858389839644373532968579089128703428300
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Grade: MS 66 FH
Points: 7431
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3510
Owner: JMWorlock
 
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