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: $3.14 (9/20/2017)
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The complaints by sculptor Hermon MacNeil that his approved models had been replaced by the Mint's own sculptor-engravers without his knowledge were entirely valid.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.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/5/2017

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1917 TYPE 2 25C MS
Base $ 25.00 35.00 55.00 85.00 115 150 165 175 185 200 225 250 300 440 650 950 3250 - - -
$ - - - - 190 - - - - 465 700 1150 - -
1917 TYPE 2 25C MS Full Head
Base $ - - - - - 170 185 200 215 235 250 290 420 575 1040 2050 12000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 600 1125 3050 27500 -

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Total Graded: 1579
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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8/18/2004 NGC MS 66   Full Head Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 6022 $1,897.50
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 66   Full Head Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 771 $1,667.50
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Full Head Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14331 $705.00
1/14/2013 PCGS AU 58   Full Head Teletrade Auction 3413, 3413/Lot# 1794 $210.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Full Head Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2066 $936.00
11/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/24/2013, 102/Lot# 148617 $331.10
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 100 $275.00
2/15/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131508/Lot# 27526 $164.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 TYPE 2 25C MS
1917 TYPE 2 25C MS Full Head
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3639
Owner: JMWorlock
Grade: MS 66 FH
Points: 1865
Owner: JMWorlock
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