Standing Liberty Quarter (1916-1930)

Image Courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Image Courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

When it was first introduced, American citizens immediately fell in love with the Standing Liberty Quarter. Playing off the name of the earlier Seated Liberty, the Standing Liberties boasted a beautiful design that was as intricate as any coin of its day. Even though these coins were minted for less than 15 years, they have staked their claim in history as one of the most beautiful quarter designs ever thought up.

Minted from 1916-1930, the Standing Liberty had only a short stay in circulation. Nowadays, these coins are being bought up by collectors. Available in a wide range of conditions, the Standing Liberties are being bought up at a high rate. Of course, it is those coins that are in extremely good condition that catch the eyes of collectors first and foremost.

What You Will Pay for a Standing Liberty Quarter

The asking price of a Standing Liberty is dependent on a whole host of different factors. As is typically the case for older coins, the first thing a collector will look at is the condition which the coin is in. If the piece has been excellently preserved, than it is almost a guarantee that the asking price will supersede that of a similar coin in worse condition. Apart from that, collectors must take into consideration the type of coin that they are looking to buy. Up to three different types of Standing Liberties were minted each year, and in some cases different coin types from the same year can boast drastically different values.

In addition to those two important factors, you must also take into consideration overly rare versions of the Standing Liberty. Some versions of this coin, for one reason or another, have become extremely difficult to find over the years, and if you do find them today you can bet that the price will be exorbitant. In some cases, Standing Liberties that are in absolutely horrid shape will sell for thousands of dollars simply because they are extremely difficult to find.

The Most Sought After Standing Liberty Quarters

Because Standing Liberties were minted not even a century ago, it is not so difficult to find coins that have been well-preserved over the years. With that said, great quality Standing Liberties are only going to be increasingly difficult to find simply because fewer and fewer of them exist every year.

Apart from those coins that are in excellent condition, the other most sought after versions of the Standing Liberty are those with rare dates and mintmarks. The “S” mintmark, for example is one of the rarest and also one of the coins that collectors will do almost anything to get their hands on.

Standing Liberty Quarters Future Value

The future value of a specific coin is not so easy to determine because anything can happen between the present and the future to alter the value of these coins. Generally, however, you will notice that as time passes these coins will only become more valuable. As collectors purchase them, leaving fewer and fewer on the market, the average price of a coin will shoot upward. This upward price movement will be even more dramatic for the coins that are already rare to begin with.

Being that these coins were minted for just about 15 years, there really aren’t all that many still around. Unlike coins that were minted for decades and decades, the Standing Liberty’s short period of time being minted was much shorter and as such these coins will be difficult to acquire.

Standing Liberty Quarters

DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1916 Standing Liberty Quarter $2,600 $6,750 $10,000 $11,500
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter (Variety I) $25 $65 $110 $200
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter (Variety I) (D) $30 $80 $200 $250
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter (Variety I) (S) $40 $10 $210 $285
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter (Variety II) $25 $55 $100 $150
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter (Variety II) (D) $45 $85 $150 $210
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter (Variety II) (S) $45 $90 $160 $225
1918 Standing Liberty Quarter $20 $30 $55 $90
1918 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $25 $75 $145 $200
1918 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $20 $35 $60 $120
1919 Standing Liberty Quarter $35 $60 $100 $135
1919 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $85 $200 $600 $800
1919 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $80 $175 $550 $750
1920 Standing Liberty Quarter $15 $30 $55 $100
1920 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $50 $80 $165 $225
1920 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $20 $35 $65 $140
1921 Standing Liberty Quarter $175 $475 $800 $1,150
1923 Standing Liberty Quarter $15 $30 $55 $100
1923 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $280 $740 $1,500 $2,000
1924 Standing Liberty Quarter $15 $25 $55 $110
1924 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $55 $100 $195 $230
1924 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $25 $75 $145 $200
1925 Standing Liberty Quarter $7.50 $10 $45 $100
1926 Standing Liberty Quarter $7.50 $9 $45 $90
1926 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $7.50 $22 $80 $140
1926 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $7.50 $15 $110 $225
1927 Standing Liberty Quarter $7.50 $9 $35 $80
1927 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $15 $30 $150 $220
1927 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $40 $130 $1,100 $2,800
1928 Standing Liberty Quarter $7.50 $9 $40 $80
1928 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $7.50 $9 $35 $80
1928 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $7.50 $9 $40 $90
1929 Standing Liberty Quarter $7.50 $9 $35 $80
1929 Standing Liberty Quarter (D) $7.50 $9 $40 $80
1929 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $7.50 $9 $35 $80
1930 Standing Liberty Quarter $7.50 $9 $35 $80
1930 Standing Liberty Quarter (S) $7.50 $9 $35 $80
Source: Red Book