1917 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 1
1917 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-65 Full Head. Moon-glow bright silver-white cartwheel luster radiates on both sides of this gleaming white example. United States silver coins struck in 1916 and early 1917 enjoy a "textured" luster, almost velvety, unlike anything before or since. The velvety nature is most notable on high quality Mint State specimens of the new designs: Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, Walking Liberty Half Dollar. The closest we can come in comparison is on the very rare Matte Proofs and Satin Finish Proofs also struck in the teens. The present Standing Liberty Type 1 Quarter shows this textured luster to its fullest (and, we might add, quite alluring) effect. We encourage all collectors to examine such coins for their beauty and artistry, since this was American coin art at its zenith (PCGS # 5707).