Rollo Fox has assembled some amazing PCGS Registry collections over the years. His Standing Liberty Quarters, which rank as the Number One Finest Set of All Time for the series with major varieties, are a testament to his attention to detail. He has a knack of collecting numismatic designs that are often called America’s most beautiful, with strong sets of Saint Gaudens Double Eagle and Indian $10 designs. We are pleased to present this spectacular collection of one of America’s most beautiful coins.
With the three new silver coins of 1916—quarter, half and dime—designs for the regular issues of American gold, silver and bronze had been placed almost completely in the hands of artists outside the Mint. The artistic renderings of A. A. Weinman for the dime and half and Hermon Atkins MacNeil for the quarter, along with the renowned works by Augustus Saint Gaudens, are numismatics’ most honored, as vastly more artistic than those produced prior or since.
MacNeil’s Liberty strides strongly forward, holding a shield in one hand and an olive branch in the other. Her shield is emblazoned with the United States stars and stripes. The first coins struck in 1916 and 1917 depict her chest uncovered, but a redesign early in 1917 covered her upper torso in chain mail, providing the series with two major design types. She symbolized the nation’s awareness and preparedness for battle and its equal readiness to provide peace, as the United States was on the brink of joining with Allied forces in the World War that had begun in 1914. An eagle in flight, surrounded by thirteen stars representing the original colonies, is beautifully rendered on the reverse.
Standing Liberty Quarters were struck at the Philadelphia Mint from 1916 until 1930 with the exception of only 1922, when no quarters were struck at any mint. Strikings at Denver and San Francisco were more sporadic. There are 37 regular strikes as well as one overdate: a 1917-S Type 2 die, unused by the San Francisco Mint, was recut and used to strike several thousand 1918-S coins, creating a rare variety and the most challenging issue in the series. Other Keys are the 1916, which saw a low production of 52,000 pieces, and the 1927-S.
Collectors pay considerable premiums for examples with strong striking on Liberty’s head. To qualify for “Full Head” status, the three springs on Liberty’s cap and her earhole must be present, along with her complete hairline. Coins without the Full Head designation can be picked up at dramatic discounts, offering good values for those examples that have most of the characteristics. Strong shield rivets are another important collector consideration.
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