Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,380,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.09 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1920 S 25C MS obverse 1920 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1920 witnessed the second highest production of Standing Liberty Quarters from the San Francisco Mint. Worn examples are fairly common as the result of hoarding during the 1930s-40s. Many of these are identifiable solely because the zero of the date remained when all other numerals had worn away.

Mint State coins are not rare in overall numbers, but their quality is typically poor. Worn dies and weak strikes were the rule for this issue. A fair number of gems have been certified, but these are seldom well struck in their centers or at Liberty's head. Coins certified as FH are very rare in any grade.

The portion of the die obverse die adjacent to Liberty's left thigh was one of several pressure points where die failure could begin, and one die state of the 1920-S quarter reveals a prominent chip in the die. This resulted in a raised lump that has popularly become the "Tear Drop."

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/5/2017

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1920 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 85.00 180 215 250 290 340 425 575 825 1250 2500 6000 8200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1375 - 7000 - -
1920 S 25C MS Full Head
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 1875 2050 2250 2650 3200 3550 3750 5250 7150 24500 77500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4000 - 9000 33000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 595
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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12/20/2000 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20124, 20124/Lot# 4263 $925.00
5/15/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3066, 3066/Lot# 1518 $47.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1121 $4,140.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Full Head Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3120 $38,187.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1184/Lot# 2610 $6,462.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 63   Full Head Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1184/Lot# 2611 $2,585.00
2/2/2014 NGC AU 58   Full Head GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 167678 $3,080.00
7/20/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 813, 822/Lot# 597 $655.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7472 $594.55
3/12/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131712/Lot# 25978 $205.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 25C MS S Full Head
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333335028209931095123513211483188623354694546673348849129374415578402
3333316960887710271141126313751617203531214951608878391021123343555700
0000006088771027114112631375161720353121495160887839102112334300
0000007149351061118812921429175121853907520867118344115743374900
1920 25C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331552883664154845276098201066158321243817414165452049036566
33333531993143824384985546799021238176326883925494211193258480
000000199314382438498554679902123817632688392549421119300
000000243340398461512581749984141019433252403357431584100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4141
Owner: JMWorlock
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 527
Owner: JTO
 
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