Most Valuable Standing Liberty Quarters
The Standing Liberty quarter was struck from 1916 to 1930 to replace the Barber quarter. It featured the goddess Liberty on one side and a flying eagle on the other.
There was some controversy to this quarter when it was released — Liberty's right breast was fully exposed, which created quite the scandal, but she was covered by 1917. Furthermore, the first years of the coins wore easily, and they were redesigned to prevent this by 1925.
Today, the coin is a favorite among collectors, as some Standing Liberty quarters can be quite valuable.
10. 1920 S
This quarter from the San Francisco Mint had a total mintage of about 6.3 million pieces, and it can be quite difficult to find.
It's extremely rare past the MS65 rating (i.e., an uncirculated coin with only minor distracting marks), and just a handful of these coins currently exist.
All values come from CoinCollecting.com.
9. 1920 D
A total of 3,586,400 quarters were minted in Denver for 1920. Most, however, weren't very well made, as there is weakness in the center of the coin, and die cracks are common.
Mint-graded coins of this run are rare, and those Full Head designation are even more so.
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8. 1926 S
This coin was widely hoarded by collectors from the mid-1930s on, and there are plenty of worn examples of it out there.
But the 1926 S quarter becomes scarce in higher grades. It is also elusive due to the low quality of its striking. Those coins that are certified FH are even rarer.
7. 1924 S
This San Francisco-minted Standing Liberty Quarter had a run of about 2.9 million pieces and is fairly rare in Mint State grades and even more so as a certified Full Head quarter.
Worn examples in lower grades are far more common, due to the widespread hoarding by collectors from the mid-1930s onward.
6. 1919 S
The 1919-S quarter was a short series with only about 1.8 million pieces minted. They are, therefore, highly desirable by collectors in any condition. Even the quarters with dates that are shallow and worn are also in high demand.
Gem examples (i.e., those coins that are above-average and uncirculated with little wear) with or without a Full Head are quite rare and can fetch top dollar.
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5. 1919 D
After WWI, the U.S.'s agricultural demands and prices for food commodities dropped, which affected the demand for Denver Mint coins, so only about 1.9 million were ever minted.
The 1919-D quarters are, therefore, scarce no matter the grade, with higher-quality coins being increasingly difficult to find. Contributing to their scarcity is how poorly struck they are.
4. 1923 S
At 1.36 million coins, this quarter coin has one of the lowest mintages of all Standing Liberty quarters, making it elusive across all grades. It became popular among buyers in the 1930s, but it was mostly unavailable even then.
The date numbers from the Philadelphia Mint from the same year are thin and sharp, while ones from the San Francisco Mint show puffiness in the coins' final two numerals.
3. 927 S
Only 396,000 of these quarters were produced at the San Francisco Mint for 1927. The economy was robust, and the reason for its low production has been lost to time.
Whatever the explanation, its scarcity makes it quite valuable for collectors. Furthermore, the coin is the single most difficult Standing Liberty quarter to find with a Full Head.
2. 1916 P
The 1916 Standing Liberty quarter is the first-year run of this series. Only 52,000 pieces were ever minted, making it one of the lowest-minted quarters of the 20th century. It's estimated there are only 10,000 surviving coins today, with just 500 in the higher grades.
These coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in the last two weeks of 1916. This was the final year of the Barber quarters, which were still highly produced.
1. 1918 S 8/7
If you look hard enough on this coin, you can see the last number of the date could be a seven or an eight. This error was first noticed in the late 1930s, and collectors began saving the few coins of this mint that remained in circulation.
Today, this coin is the Holy Grail of Standing Liberty quarters, and those with even the lowest grades are relatively expensive. Less than 100 high-quality examples exist.