Monday, October 21, 2013

History of the standing liberty quarter

History of the Standing Liberty Quarter


A overview of how the Standing Liberty Quarter came to be.

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The radical change in our coinage that was taking place in the early 20th century was not quite done by 1916. With the new Lincoln cent and Buffalo nickel now in circulation, and changes to gold coinage, it was now time for a change in silver, specifically, the dime, quarter and half dollar to undergo a facelift and eliminate the uninteresting Barber designs. In late 1915 a design competition was announced to replace the designs on the dime, quarter and half dollar. In 1916, Mint Director Robert Woolley told Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber that Hermon Atkins MacNeil's design had been accepted for the quarter and that MacNeil would be visiting the Mint to obtain information about preparing the needed relief models. As Walter Breen writes in his book entitled Complete Encyclopedia of U.S and Colonial Coins, Barber was as usual, completely uncooperative. Assistant engraver George Morgan, who would later become chief engraver upon Barber's death, was apparently more helpful. In late May of 1916, wit


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