Tell me about Standing Liberty Quarters

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by LA_Geezer, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    IMHO the SLQ ranks among the best looking US coins of the past 150 years. I remember seeing them in my change up through the 1960s, but these were badly worn 100% of the time. Then one evening in the summer of 1966, a cashier in an Army Post Exchange handed me one that was as close to perfect as I had ever seen; a 1932 to be more accurate. I put the coin in a safe place then placed it in a glass jar where it stayed along with a few other prized coins which were lost in a house fire in 1985.

    I have been thinking of getting at least two SLQs as memorials of my parents — 1920 and 1924 dates. Just taking a quick look at slabbed examples of these two years on ebay, I've come to the conclusion that there's not much reason to the pricing on them. I've seen them priced as high as more than $10,000 and as low as $75 for very nice looking ones. In fact, one just closed for under $70 without a buyer.

    I'd be grateful to those in the know to give me advice on these two years in particular. What's a fair price to pay for one that at least approaches a higher grade?

    If there are years (other than 1916) that are the real rare ones, I'd like to know that too in the event that I might decide to go beyond the '20 and '24 issues.

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  3. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    A 1932 SLQ? Do you mean 1930?
  4. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    There are no 1931 or 1933 quarters.
    SLQ beautiful design, last year was 1930 and Washington first year 1932.
    The area where the date was would wear off very quickly on the SLQ, and I believe some changes were made to try and fix that problem.
  5. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    Coulda been, it's been 33 years since I last saw it. It seemed like it was surreptitiously taken from a collector's stash and somehow ended up on an Army base.

    Any thoughts on what to pay for a 1920 or 1924 or both?

    Oh, and what dates are the hard ones?
  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I too love the SLQ design. You know in 2016 the mint issued a gold SLQ. If you love the design, man it sure does pop in gold.

  7. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    Further thoughts: it appears as if a 1920 minted in Philadelphia should be one of the easiest to collect, the Red Book shows that a 1924 had about half the mintage of the 1920.
  8. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    And it is, no doubt, cheaper than the original 1916.
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  9. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    The big stopper is 1916, which was really more of a pattern. 1923-S and 1921 are very hard as well. 1927-S is sort of a "semi-key", and many dates are tough in higher grades.

    I've seen some coins in AU or MS details slabs that still looked really nice to me (but quite a lot that didn't, of course). If you're not a stickler for pristine surfaces, you can probably find pretty nice examples from 1920 under $100. 1924 will be a bit more money, or a bit less quality for the same money.
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  10. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    The 1924 should not pose much of a challenge. The 1920 often comes with a weak date so, unless you decide to fork over a little extra money to avoid a long hunt for the full date you may be searching for that coin for a while.
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  11. CircCam

    CircCam Victory

    I’m not expert on that series, but I was on the hunt for a type II for about a year before I found the one I wanted. My advice would be to not be afraid to pay a little bit of a premium for something you really like... They’re not the easiest coin to find with great eye appeal in my opinion, so snag it if you find one that grabs you.

    I paid a little over full retail for this 1920 even in an ANACS slab and have no regrets at all.
  12. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin :)
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  13. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    I once attempted to assemble a certified premium gem set of SLQs with rainbow toning. Alas, it turned out to be an expensive and impossible adventure. I was able to assemble an SLQ type set though.

    1917 T1 NGC MS65 FH


    1924-D NGC MS67


    1926 NCG MS66


    1930-S NGC MS67 FH


    My advice would be to start with a certified gem type set with FH and then decide if you want to venture into the entire series. The series is expensive and full of pitfalls. Definitely buy Cline's book before your adventure.
  14. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    I like them, I have 2 one raw and one slabbed 1929 25c-horz.jpg 1917 D 25c TY 1 C1-horz-horz.jpg
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  15. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    Back in 2016 Dan Carr made some tokens 2016 Token SLQ A.jpg
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  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    They're purdy. I like'um. :D

    Love that CircCam example that @CircCam posted - and the pastel-toned 1926 that @Lehigh96 posted.

    Here are two from a truly ancient (ca. early 2000's) PCGS Registry type set of mine.

    (Pix are from my flatbed scanner era)


    Here's an ANACS holdered coin I had in the 2010s.

  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Oh yeah- I've dug some while detecting. Mostly dateless. But this is the nicest one I've found.

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  18. 1916D10C

    1916D10C Key Date Mercs are Life! 1916-D/1921-D/1921

    My Dad loves Liberty Standing, they are his favorite coin, and for that I will always have love for it. It is also from him I have gotten my love of coinage of 1916. I do not collect the series, or any of the denomination for that matter, but I cannot argue that the Quarter is without doubt the most beautiful twenty five cent piece ever struck in the United States.

    1916 was a great year for numismatics; we had two of the 20th century’s most famous coins created in that year...... The 1916-D Dime and the coveted Quarter.
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  19. WLH22

    WLH22 Well-Known Member

    Here is my addition to the conversation. I love the SLQ design. 1928 MS66 CAC SLQ slab.jpg
  20. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

  21. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

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