Standing Liberty Quarter 1917 Type I Very Fine

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  • Description:

    With about 8.7 million minted, the 1917 Type I Standing Liberty Quarter is a difficult coin to find in higher grades. Considered to be in very fine condition, the 1917 Type I Standing Liberty will contain some wear but most details should still be visible. Until 1925, the Standing Liberty was weakly struck, causing the coin's date to wear off without difficulty. The issue was finally fixed in 1925, but many circulated quarters still have weak dates, even if they have a higher grade, including the 1917 Type I Standing Liberty. The 1917 Type I contains a bare breasted Lady Liberty, which was changed to her breasts being covered by chain mail for the Type II.

    Hermon Atkins MacNeil was the sculptor who designed the Standing Liberty. The US Mint Director, Robert Woolley, desired a big change from the Barber series design and MacNeil definitely delivered. The first design was more of a militaristic theme and was asked to be revised. MacNeil revised the first design, including dolphins to represent the famous oceans. In 1917, MacNeil came across a new design, without his approval, and started an uproar. He was then allowed to make the final revisions of Lady Liberty, covering her breasts with chain mail to detract from the bare breasts.

  • Details:
    • Denomination: N/A
    • Year: 1917
    • Diameter: N/A
    • Mint Mark: N/A
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    • Grade: Ungraded

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