Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,632,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.08 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1930 25C MS obverse 1930 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The demand for additional coins plummeted in 1930, as the Great Depression took hold of the world's economies. Though more than five million quarter dollars were coined at the Philadelphia Mint, it's very likely that this mintage was produced early in the year, before reality set in. Many of these coins remained idle in vaults until needed for circulation several years later. In fact, it's doubtful that any quarters would have been coined before 1934 had it not been for the commemorative issue of 1932, which likewise remained idle for a few years.

The 1930(P) quarter is the most common of all Standing Liberty Quarters in any grade. Well made as a rule, most pieces are sharply struck as compared to the series average, though die erosion is evident on many pieces. Full Head coins comprise a substantial portion of the surviving MS population, some 50% according to Jay Cline's book. This entry has served as the ideal type coin for most collectors seeking a Type 2 SLQ, and it makes an excellent bookend to the series along with the 1917(P) Type 1.

The problem of rapid die erosion that plagued all Type 2 SLQs was well understood at the U. S. Mint. While the introduction of the George Washington type in 1932 was supposed to serve as a one-year-only commemorative of the president's bicentennial, its superior technical qualities led to adoption of that design as the regular type when mass production finally resumed in 1934. The premature end of the SLQ after just 15 years of issue, combined with the tendency of 1916-24 pieces to rapidly become dateless in circulation, made it one of the most popular coin series to collect during the second half of the 1930s. Sadly, the rarity and high price of the 1916 issue has had a depressing effect on prices in more recent decades.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/5/2017

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1930 25C MS
Base $ 7.50 8.50 9.50 17.00 35.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 110 130 145 170 215 325 515 800 2200 - - -
$ - - - - 120 - - - 235 350 550 875 - -
1930 25C MS Full Head
Base $ - - - - - 90.00 100.00 115 160 190 215 270 385 500 750 1200 3500 - - -
$ - - 110 130 175 - - - 425 600 1000 1600 17500 -

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Total Graded: 3709
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/11/1997 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0953, 953/Lot# 1315 $42.51
9/19/2005 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1692 $368.00
1/31/2008 NGC MS 65   Full Head David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 217, 223/Lot# 8645 $690.00
11/11/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131247/Lot# 20707 $164.50
7/21/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128692 $39.00
12/17/2013 NGC MS 65   Full Head Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1032 $585.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22319 $173.90
2/4/2016 NGC MS 67   Full Head Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3904 $1,880.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1930 25C MS
1930 25C MS Full Head
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Grade: MS 67 FH
Points: 3004
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
Grade: MS 67 FH
Points: 3004
Owner: JMWorlock
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