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1916 25C MS65 Full Head NGC....

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago #1184

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Auction Ended On: Apr 25, 2013
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Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

1916 Standing Liberty Quarter, MS65 Full Head
Bright Mint Luster and Sharply Struck
1916 25C MS65 Full Head NGC. Sculptor Hermon MacNeil and his Standing Liberty quarter were in the unfortunate position of playing second fiddle to another artist, Adolph A. Weinman, chosen to design the Mercury dime and Walking Liberty half dollar that would also debut in 1916. Roger Burdette notes in Renaissance of American Coinage 1916-1921:

"Adolph Weinman had enjoyed regular contact with the mint staff until the end of September [1916]. His dime would be heavily used in vending machines and pay telephones, and had to work properly in the mechanisms. The half dollar earned special attention because giving it a distinctive design was part of the treasury's plan to encourage greater circulation of the coin. But Hermon MacNeil had not been as fortunate. His quarter was caught in the middle, both as a denomination and in the attention of the mint director. With much of the new director's attention devoted to Weinman's designs, MacNeil's quarter was not a high priority until after the dime and half dollar problems were solved."

As a result, although a token quantity of 1916-dated quarters was struck, in the amount of 52,000 pieces, the final design modifications would occur only on the 1917-dated hubs. One can credit (or blame) the Mercury dime and Walking Liberty half dollar for the nonexistence of 1916 Type Two quarters, as well as the absence of mintmarked 1916 Standing Liberty quarters.

This is a remarkable, highly lustrous Gem example of this first-year rarity. The faces are generally brilliant with just the slightest hint of rose-golden patina present. The strike details are strong throughout, not just on the head of Liberty. There are no obvious or mentionable marks on either side. Census: 45 in 65 Full Head, 20 finer (2/13).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 242Y, PCGS# 5705)

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