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    1916 Standing Liberty Quarter
    Brilliant MS64 Full Head

    1916 25C MS64 Full Head NGC. Standing Liberty quarter production did not begin until the latter half of December 1916, and only 52,000 pieces were struck before the end of the year. The majority of these were released to the public in early January alongside the first 1917-dated pieces, but a few were reserved and sent as a courtesy to their designer, Hermon MacNeil. Given the shallow relief and overall softness of the design (inferior to MacNeil's original models), it is little wonder why the sculptor immediately wrote to Mint Director J.H. von Engleken requesting permission to make "certain changes that while leaving the coin as now planned will enormously improve it from an artistic point of view." MacNeil's proposed alterations were accepted, and ultimately went into production several months later in the form of the Type Two quarter.

    Of the four issues in the short-lived Type One design, the 1916 is by far the rarest and most desirable. Most examples circulated extensively, and Mint State survivors of this issue are among the most sought-after of all the dates in the series. This is an essentially brilliant example with bright, satiny surfaces. There are no abrasions worthy of comment on either side.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 2AMV, PCGS# 5705)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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