|Stack's Bowers||Auction||The June 2013 Baltimore Auction||May-2013||1918-D Standing Liberty Quarter. MS-67 FH (PCGS). Secure Holder. This exceptional quarter exhibits great eye appeal with rich satiny luster graced by delicate russet-gold toning and a dash of rose iridescence. The strike is sharp enough for the Full Head designation, unusual for an example from the Denver Mint especially during this period. Alone at the top of the PCGS Population Report for the 1918-D Standing Liberty quarter and an important find for an advanced Registry Set collector.
The Denver Mint seemed to be undergoing some production challenges during this period. These troubles manifested themselves in the form of weak strikes caused by both worn dies and uneven striking pressure. These Standing Liberty quarters are often found lacking their full head design features, and similar weaker than average strikes are known on Lincoln cents, Buffalo nickels, and Mercury dimes in this period. The most dramatic evidence of these challenges came a few years later on the 1922 "Plain" cent, which was actually struck at Denver but with the obverse die so worn the mintmark had completely faded away. Conversely all through this period some coins from the Denver Mint are boldly struck, so the production issues seemed to be intermittent. Thus, collecting sharply struck Denver Mint coins is fraught with challenges, and hence this Full Head 1918-D Standing Liberty quarter should command considerable respect not only for its Superb surfaces, but for the sharp strike as well.