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: $3.31 (2/27/2017)
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 1916 Standing Liberty quarter is a noted rarity in U.S. numismatics. With a mintage of a mere 52,000 pieces for the year, it had a mintage almost 8 times lower than the next lowest mintage Standing Liberty quarter, the 1927-S.

This low mintage was mostly due to how long it took for the Mint to begin striking the coins. Charles Barber, whose design was currently circulating on all Dimes, Quarters, and Half dollars, was not keen on working expediently to replace his own creation. Finally, after months of foot-dragging, all 52,000 coins were struck between December 16th and the end of the year.

Because this was a first year of issue, some were saved by collectors. This, coupled with strong strikes, means that this date is available in gem, especially with a full head. However, they are still very rare and desirable, meaning a gem coin with a full head will set a collector back tens of thousands of dollars.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2017

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1916 STANDING 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3050 5250 6800 7750 10150 11150 12500 13000 13500 15250 16000 16250 17750 21500 28000 35000 50000 - - -
$ - - 12750 13250 14000 - - 16500 18750 23500 33500 39000 60000 -
1916 STANDING 25C MS Full Head
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 13000 14000 15000 15750 16500 17000 18000 22900 27500 38250 55500 145000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 19500 25000 32000 43150 70000 200000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 866
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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12/8/2004 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5926 $6,325.00
4/12/2009 PCGS MS 63   Full Head Teletrade Auction 2678, 2678/Lot# 1599 $16,675.00
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 63   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3633 $16,100.00
10/17/2012 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1564 $5,728.13
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3593 $29,375.00
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 138654 $13,346.30
1/8/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4238 $4,700.00
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(3), 1231/Lot# 4973 $8,225.00


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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