Standing Liberty Quarter 1920 Very Fine

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    The Philadelphia Mint participated in the Standing Liberty Quarter production, producing some of the higher mintages of the series. 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, which became the coin that was minted until 1930. The 1920 Standing Liberty Quarter is in very fine condition and has a hefty mintage of over 27 million. Very fine consists of fair wear but the main image details are still visible.

    Theodore Roosevelt wanted to get away from the boring and simplistic portraits of Lady Liberty and make US coinage a work of art again. The Standing Liberty Quarter succeeds the Barber coinage and offers a new design aesthetic many people, including the president at the time, desired. Famous sculptor, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, was called upon by the mint's director to take on such a responsibility. The design MacNeil first introduced was very militaristic in detail and was rejected by the Commission of Fine Arts. MacNeil then added dolphins to represent the world's famous oceans, since this design had never been used before, and was accepted for a short time. The US Mint revised the quarter, again, and without MacNeil's permission, causing him to complain publicly about the disrespect. MacNeil was given the chance to revise the coin one more time, in 1917.

  • Details:
    • Denomination: N/A
    • Year: 1920
    • Diameter: N/A
    • Mint Mark: N/A
    • Thickness: N/A
    • Grade: Ungraded

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