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: $4.80 (8/15/2020)
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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Last Updated: 7/17/2020

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1916 STANDING 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3500 5600 5675 6875 9250 10600 10900 11200 11900 13800 14000 15500 17000 18400 28000 35500 51000 - - -
$ - - - - 13500 - 15000 16000 17850 21000 30000 - - -
1916 STANDING 25C MS FH
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Base $ - - - - - 12500 13000 13500 13900 14500 16300 16900 20600 24200 38000 62500 170000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 17500 21000 28000 44500 100000 200000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 922
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1916 STANDING 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base58910750652320101634634264356562533---698
---------------1-1----2
----------1-11121-----7
---------------1------1
Total58910750652320101634644274457602643---708
 1%13%15%7%9%3%3%1%2%5%9%1%4%6%8%8%4%1%0%--- 
1916 STANDING 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1-11-1334325650234---224
----------------2-----2
-------------1323-----9
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Total--------1-11-1335355855234---235
 --------0%-5%-6%15%15%25%23%10%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 STANDING 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base288533864190458245825196549556565747583659056007629463856899734086861037214485151431623817392
30523654432145824787529655495686577758595939610363246556704677899248117431470415508166230
0000005549568657775859593961036324655670467789924811743147041550800
0000005602571758065882597361986355672871938237981013114149241587300
1916 STANDING 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2754323840164040439649925091528553475407554458885922616964006602775684729656111721179812711
2915349740244159459550255156530653675453565958996004624664676987799588671016111381121020
000000515653065367545356595899600462466467698779958867101611138100
000000522053265387549857735911608763236535737182339261106671158900
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Grade: MS 66 FH
Points: 10372
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 9656
Owner: Tony Littlejohn
 
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