Throughout its storied history, the US Mint has produced a wide variety of coins that are important to collectors. The quarter is just one of many types of coins produced by the US Mint, but are also some of the most popular in the eyes of collectors. The Standing Liberty Quarter is easily one of the most popular 25-cent pieces and was produced during the early parts of the 20th century.
Being that the Standing Liberty Quarter was minted so long ago, it is naturally quite difficult to get your hands on one. What’s more, for a collector trying to find a 1926 Standing Liberty Quarter in great condition, the process becomes immensely difficult. After all, these coins were heavily circulated, which means that very few have survived the years in excellent condition.
For most every Standing Liberty Quarter, you will find that collectors take their time when it comes to assessing condition. Because no one wants to add a torn up coin to their collection, it only follows that prospective collectors carefully analyze the surfaces of the coin, looking for any and all imperfections. Thanks to the age of these coins and their overall utility, it is much more common to find a coin that shows ample sign of wear.
Normally, the work that is assessing the condition of the coin is something that is saved for a professional coin-grading organization. Realizing that not everyone has a boatload of money and time to send their coins away for grading, we have provided below an outline that aptly describes coins of a given grade.
Uncirculated: If a coin is graded as being Uncirculated, this means that the coin in question will have never been circulated. Thanks to this, the coin will have absolutely no signs of wear and will appear as though it was just recently minted. Going for the highest prices, these coins are the coins collectors desire most.
Extremely Fine: An Extremely Fine coin is one that was exchanging hands for a very limited amount of time, and did not incur much damage during that time. Though these coins will appear to be pristine at first glance, under close inspection you will be able to make out imperfections such as light scratching and some surface wear. All in all, however, these coins have been well-preserved.
Fine: Fine is the grade given to coins that spent a good amount of time in circulation, but were taken out before heavy damage could take place. The surfaces of these coins will have been worn down considerably, but the imagery and texture of the coin will be able to be easily deciphered.
Good: A Good Standing Liberty Quarter, though seldom found, is one that has suffered a good bit of damage thanks to its being in circulation for an extended period of time. From bending to chipping and just about everything in between, the damage found on these coins is fairly extensive.
When it comes to assigning a price to the 1926 Standing Liberty Quarter, there are a few things you must look at. First, because there were multiple types of Quarter minted every year, the exact type of Quarter you have (and its scarcity) will be the first factor playing into the price. Secondly, the condition of the coin means everything, and those well-preserved pieces are often the priciest ones. Below is a chart that will help you better understand what you might be asked to pay for a 1926 Standing Liberty Quarter given its type and condition.
Standing Liberty Quarters
|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||Source: Red Book|