1917 25C Type 1 (Regular Strike)

Series: Standing Liberty Quarters 1916-1930

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
5706
Designer:
Hermon A. Mac Neil
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.30 grams
Mintage:
8,740,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 25,000 R-2.7 4 / 4 23 / 23
60 or Better 3,000 R-4.4 4 / 4 21 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 4 / 4 20 / 23
Survival Estimate
All Grades 25,000
60 or Better 3,000
65 or Better 500
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-4.4
65 or Better R-6.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 4
60 or Better 4 / 4
65 or Better 4 / 4
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 23 / 23
60 or Better 21 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 20 / 23

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1917 Standing Liberty quarter is one of the classic type coin issues of the 20th century. The type design was only minted in two years, 1916 and 1917. The design was very beautiful, one of the most striking of any U.S. coin. However, Ms. Liberty's right breast was fully exposed and this caused quite an uproar at the time. In fact, the "Society for the Suppression of Vice" not only began to pressure the Treasury to stop minting this "immoral" coin, they also wanted the goverment to recall all the coins already in circulation (I'm not kidding!) The mint struck and released into circulation 55,230,000 coins before production of the Type I design was stopped midway through the year. The new design featured the upper torso of Ms. Liberty covered by medieval chain mail!

The 1917 Type I quarter is rarer in circulated grades than the later date (1925-1930) Standing Liberty quarters, but mint state examples are readily available. Or are they? Here's an interesting story. In the early 1970s, Jim Ruddy and Dave Bowers were doing a project in which they were putting together complete sets of Choice Uncirculated 20th century type coins. They would later very successfully market quite a few sets. Even though this set also included the Barber half dollar, quarter, and dime, Jim Ruddy had told me at the time that he would buy any Choice Unc.Type I Standing Liberty quarter I could find for him, as it was the coin he was having the most trouble finding for the sets he was building.

Most mint state Standing Liberty quarters have fully struck heads, something that cannot be said about the 1916. When PCGS first started , for the first few years we only designated "full head" on Type 2 Standing Liberty quarters as "all Type Is have full heads." But they don't all have full heads, especially the 1916, so we soon added the "full head" designation for Type Is also. Luster for Type Is can be satiny or frosty white. There are many examples with various degrees of toning.