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: $4.54 (1/28/2021)
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: 10/28/2019

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1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 65.00 75.00 110 130 170 190 200 250 260 275 290 385 450 715 1450 3400 - - -
$ - - - 215 - - - - 410 475 850 - - -
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS FH
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 185 200 215 270 285 350 390 440 535 1000 1900 4800 - - -
$ - - - - 280 - 375 400 475 650 1150 2250 27000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7481
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: 1/26/2021 1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base923117186253831377783206215332157254494175295---2538
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-------------12-1-----4
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Total923117186253831377783206215332158256494176295---2542
 0%1%5%7%10%3%5%3%3%8%8%0%1%6%10%19%7%1%0%--- 
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------154634291169756890144876334569---4943
----------------231---6
---------------2310126---51
------------------1---1
Total------154634291169756890147177536077---5001
 ------0%0%0%1%9%0%3%15%18%29%15%7%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 TYPE 1 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base811832883204374895515866206537648389089741051125217072401374753871431915371
11521829935945451056359763169078986193010001118140419382850429483641467016140
000000563597631690789861930100011181404193828504294836400
0000005746096427278138859521025118515552170329848401134200
1917 TYPE 1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59143255288409450515551597620725745774802966106614832087319452641311214098
87180266328423472527566605655732755783857999120516842456388478801344114803
0000005275666056557327557838579991205168424563884788000
000000539582612690738764793911103313441886282545741049600
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Grade: MS 67 FH
Points: 3747
Owner: joe t
 
Grade: MS 67 FH
Points: 3747
Owner: Pongun
 
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