Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,740,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.11 (9/20/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 TYPE 1 25C MS obverse 1917 TYPE 1 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The deficiency of the obverse master hub used for 1916 Standing Liberty Quarters was already apparent to the Mint's Engraving Department when that issue was struck December 16. A new hub would not be ready in time to generate working dies with the date 1916, but these were indeed ready at the very beginning of the new year. The details of the obverse were vastly improved, resulting in a coin that was quite pleasing to the eye. That is, of course, unless you were artist Hermon MacNeil, who was shocked upon receiving his first samples January 10. The obverse resembled his early model from the spring of 1916, while the reverse was entirely alien in layout to him. His complaints about the finished coins, whether dated 1916 or 1917, were so compelling that the Mint elected to rework it extensively in the coming months.

In the meantime, millions of the 1917 Type 1 quarter dollars were struck by the Philadelphia Mint, and it was this date that the general public saved in large numbers for its novelty and beauty. The Mint's improvements to the obverse hub resulted in very sharply impressed details, and the majority of 1917(P) Type 1 quarters (series expert J. H. Cline specified "80%") displayed a full head to the Liberty figure when unworn. Since this design feature would be poorly wrought on most of the Type 2 issues of 1917-30, it has become a grading factor for the series as a whole. On this particular issue, however, it is more often seen than not.

Gems are plentiful, both with and without the FH (Full Head) designation. A fair number of truly exceptional survivors have been certified, and there is no reason for a collector to compromise on quality. Worn examples are likewise plentiful, though a large percentage succumbed to the loss of their dates due to it being one of the highest features of the design. Unprotected by the raised rim, the dates of all Standing Liberty Quarters through 1924 wore off very easily in circulation. A survery of circulation finds conducted in 1938 revealed a very large percentage of dateless SLQs just a dozen years after their debut. Since this particular date is one of only two to carry its distinctive subtype, dateless Type 1 quarters of the Philadelphia Mint may be presumed to be formerly dated 1917, unless they display the several clues that reveal them to have been dated 1916.




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Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 42.00 67.00 87.00 120 170 185 200 220 230 250 270 335 435 800 1250 3400 - - -
$ - - - 215 - - - - 350 475 850 - - -
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS Full Head
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 185 200 215 240 260 290 320 430 535 1000 1550 5200 - - -
$ - - - - 250 - 300 330 475 650 1150 1900 28500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6891
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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1/3/2006 NGC MS 67   Full Head Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 2459 $3,220.00
10/7/2009 PCGS AU 55   Full Head Teletrade Auction 2755, 2755/Lot# 1206 $241.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 65   Full Head Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 767 $891.00
9/2/2012 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131237/Lot# 20880 $50.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88323 $478.50
9/22/2013 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 770, 779/Lot# 886 $70.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10101 $1,057.50
3/6/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 181 $1,645.00
  NGC MS 65   Full Head Bonhams $731.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333320136640442946648950253957572511731629323852641308623277
33333692563784124414734935145516258741325216539137871164830
000000256378412441473493514551625874132521653913787100
00000031139142045348149752656367510231477270145881047800
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS Full Head
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333322039543446150052453957761574515732033331553751431525455
333337527840844347450852955158965810211726246040018355180280
0000002784084434745085295515896581021172624604001835500
00000033642145248751653456460270112971879288746881133500
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Grade: MS 66 FH
Points: 2033
Owner: JMWorlock
 
Grade: MS 66 FH
Points: 2033
Owner: JMWorlock
 
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