1916 Standing Liberty Quarter. Graded VG-8 Details by ICG, guaranteed authentic. Repaired w/ only light corrosion, but overall a beautifully eye-appealing coin! In my opinion, slightly under-graded. The first year of issue and Only 52,000 minted for circulation from the Philadelphia Mint. Among 20th century regular-issue coins of all types, only the 1913-s quarter has a lower-mintage with 40,000 struck.
Theodore Roosevelt rightly decided at the turn of the 20th century that a complete redesign of American circulating coinage was needed.Starting with the gold pieces, he prompted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create his stunning gold pieces. Eventually along came Hermon A. MacNeil, the designer of this remarkable quarter.
MacNeil was born in Everett, Massachussets in 1866 and became an accomplished sculptor. He was a designer and sculptor at the Normal Art School in Boston and taught industrial art at Cornell. He even went on to venture to Paris to further his skills. Eventually in 1891 he settled down in Chicago and worked with Philip Martiny at the World's Columbian Exposition, also teaching at the Chicago Art Institute. He went on to work abroad in Rome from 1896 to 1900 as a winner of the Rhinehart Scholarship in Sculpture. He lived a very busy life up to this point and moved to New York where he sculpted the McKinley Memorial in 1907, which led to him receiving many commissions for other memorials. He instructed at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn while in NY. He was awarded numerous acocolades and awards throughout his life including the J. Sanford Saltus medal, recognition at the Paris Exhibition in 1900 and the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893 for his sculptures. He designed numerous remarkable sculptures throughout his life that adorn many cities throughout the U.S. He designed the famous Fountain of Liberty at the Lousiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, the Mckinley Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, Justice, the Guardian of Liberty, on the United States Supreme Court building, General George Washingtion for the Washington Arch in New York City, and Sailors' Memorial in Whitville, Mass. and Albany, NY. MacNiel died in 1947.
Lady Liberty is modeled after Dora Doscher, a Red Cross nurse. On the right hand she carries a laurel branch of peace and on the left a shield, ready to defend her honor and her rights. Her design represents a step forward in civilization, protection, and defense with peace as the ultimate goal. Standing Liberty quarters have been admired from their outset and are among the finest specimens in from American numismatic history.
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All research attributed to A Guide Book of United States Coins.