Thursday, March 29, 2012
Standing Liberty Quarters (1916 - 1930)
The 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter had a lot of success among the public, but it also raised many arguments on the grounds of alleged obscenity portraying Liberty. That's why MacNeil asked the Treasury to let him modify the design. The Treasury agreed and assigned Charles E. Barber to chance the coin. Thus, with this opportunity, Barber increased the concavity of the fields, covered Liberty's breast and repositioned the eagle higher in the reverse field. He also re-spaced the inscriptions and placed three of the 13 stars below the eagle, even though MacNeil clearly stated that the dies were untrue to his original conception.
Another change to the Standing Liberty Quarter design came in 1924. After years of noticing that the date would wear too fast on the coins due to Barber's changes, the Mint finally decided to do something about the wear problem. Therefore, from January 1925 until the end of the series, dates are in recess, protected from wear.
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