Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,952,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.47 (9/21/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS obverse 1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While nearly two million Type 1 quarters were coined at the San Francisco Mint, the vast majority of survivors are now dateless. The remain identifiable as 1917-S pieces solely by their unique status as the only date produced of this short-lived subtype. This would be a rare issue in any grade, were it not for the fact that a fair number were preserved by both collectors and the general public for their novelty as a new coin design.

1917-S Type 1 quarters are more scarce in Mint State that either of their cousins from Philadelphia and Denver, and this is especially true of Full Head (FH) examples. Like most S-Mint coins struck that year, the quarter is often found a bit softly struck on all high points, including the shield rivets, the date and, of course, Liberty's head.

Two different styles of S mintmark are seen on some denominations of 1917-S coinage, but it appears that all quarters of this date bear the new style adopted that year and used almost exclusively through 1940. With the mintmark being placed on the dated, obverse die for Standing Liberty Quarters, it's not surprising that the old mintmark is not seen on this denomination.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2020

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1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 47.00 100.00 125 180 230 260 300 315 340 360 375 405 440 780 1350 1950 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 825 1500 - - -
1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS FH
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 270 315 390 485 535 585 845 880 1650 2375 4000 8500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1800 2900 6250 23000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1346
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 9/15/2020 1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3115483120304415263351-330347223122---646
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Total3115483120304415263351-330347223122---646
 0%2%8%13%19%5%7%2%4%5%8%-0%5%5%11%4%2%0%--- 
1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------211765129128109180906018---700
----------------1-1---2
--------------2212----7
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Total-------211765129128111182926219---709
 -------0%0%2%9%0%4%18%16%26%13%9%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14322739546961573576276484797411171186125214101589223326853447481769561980921143
171283420518655744763792889102211401208130514701804238429393904553011240202540
00000076379288910221140120813051470180423842939390455301124000
00000076381993210691163123013571529201825343193436062431552500
1917 S TYPE 1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021903664375756847157458208478919259499971051148320092433381768341704618241
13124939048361169472577082986290293396510151195165821502894482310238174440
0000007257708298629029339651015119516582150289448231023800
0000007357958388769149419811033133918342292335658281364200
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Grade: MS 67 FH
Points: 4817
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3817
Owner: JMWorlock
 
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