Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 13,880,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.78 (3/2/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 TYPE 2 25C MS obverse 1917 TYPE 2 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The complaints by sculptor Hermon MacNeil that his approved models had been replaced by the Mint's own sculptor-engravers without his knowledge were entirely valid. Shortly after the first release of Standing Liberty Quarters on January 17, 1917, Mint Director von Engelken asked Treasury Secretary William MacAdoo for permission to let MacNeil submit revised models incorporating minor changes that would restore the design to that more closely resembling his earlier approved models. Congressional action was deemed necessary to make these changes, and the bill approving the desired revisions was passed July 9.

The resulting coin would come to be called Type 2 by collectors, and the changes seem more than minor when compared against the Type 1 issue. The entire Liberty figure was resculpted, with a revised hairstyle, a new shield having fewer rivets, a different flow to her gown and a breast plate of chain mail over her bosom that had formerly been partly exposed. The eagle was likewise reshaped and then placed higher in the field, this being achieved by moving three of the stars below it. The lettering was also redone in a style conforming to that of the obverse. Both sides were given a slight curvature to their fields to accommodate the somewhat bolder relief of the design features.

The result was, perhaps, a more appealing composition overall, though it proved to be very difficult to coin from a technical standpoint. Type 2 quarters wore out the dies more readily, and several features were poorly struck on most examples. Notable among these are the rivets in Liberty's shield and her own head, which appears flat or even concave on many coins. Enough 1917(P) Type 2 quarters were saved by collectors and the general public that examples are plentiful across most grades, though the percentage of Full Head (FH) coins is lower than for the Type 1 edition.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 10/28/2019

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1917 TYPE 2 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 45.00 60.00 95.00 125 140 180 185 190 200 220 250 285 400 625 950 3000 - - -
$ - - - - 195 - - - - 465 700 1150 - -
1917 TYPE 2 25C MS FH
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Base $ - - - - - 170 195 235 250 235 250 290 440 520 1150 1850 9500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 600 1250 2600 24000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1727
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1917 TYPE 2 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1526602234162460107-27898612964254---779
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---------------2--1---3
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Total-1526602234162460107-27898613164256---783
 -0%1%3%8%3%4%2%3%8%14%-3%11%11%17%8%3%1%--- 
1917 TYPE 2 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------114102-341521792671384615---948
------------1--1------2
---------------5172---15
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Total--------114102-351521792731395317---965
 --------0%1%11%-4%16%19%28%14%5%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 TYPE 2 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021512202753814694895516096957257748118911051120018432420513769511544116553
1181742383104104765105706387057417868389441101141420353326574297811581217381
00000051057063870574178683894411011414203533265742978100
000000530590666715758799864998115016292228423163461261100
1917 TYPE 2 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5911118324135143745647757558659762066372579399013031658300958361257113527
76135202278380443463510579590605634684748859109414212108395180811289014203
0000004635105795906056346847488591094142121083951808100
00000047054258259361264970477092411991540255948941032600
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3009
Owner: JMWorlock
 
Grade: MS 66 FH
Points: 2420
Owner: JMWorlock
 
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