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: $2.72 (6/18/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/31/2019

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1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 65.00 72.00 110 130 170 190 200 250 260 275 290 385 450 715 1450 3400 - - -
$ - - - 215 - - - - 410 475 850 - - -
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS Full Head
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 185 200 215 270 290 350 390 440 585 1000 1900 5200 - - -
$ - - - - 280 - 375 400 475 650 1150 2250 28500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7209
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 6/18/2019 1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base718102166237801287375190203331155254493176295---2425
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--------------2-1-----3
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Total718102166237801287375190203331155256493177295---2428
 0 %1 %4 %7 %10 %3 %5 %3 %3 %8 %8 %0 %1 %6 %11 %20 %7 %1 %0 %--- 
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS Full Head
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------133544081165718864142174633763---4784
----------------231---6
---------------241044---42
------------------1---1
Total------133544081165718864144575834469---4833
 ------0 %0 %0 %1 %8 %0 %3 %15 %18 %30 %16 %7 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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7/19/1999 NGC MS 66   Full Head Teletrade Auction 1188, 1188/Lot# 1325 $1,566.00
4/14/2008 NGC MS 64   Full Head David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 238, 244/Lot# 543 $517.50
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 65   Full Head Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1021 $977.50
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 63   Full Head GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 223366 $380.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   Full Head Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3511 $1,527.50
  NGC MS 65   Full Head Bonhams $731.00
11/9/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 25024 $164.50


NGC Registry

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