The year 1916 saw a total of three new coin designs introduced by the United States Mint, and all three have gone down as historic images in American history. Among those historic images was that of the Standing Liberty Quarter from Hermon Atkins MacNeil. Right now, the 2016 1/4 oz Gold American Standing Liberty Quarter Coin is available on Silver.com in near-perfect condition.
- Second release in the Gold American Centennial Series!
- Features a 100th Anniversary Label from the NGC.
- Arrives in a protective plastic slab.
- Consists of one-quarter troy ounces of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of $.25 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of SP69 from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Early Release designation.
- Standing Liberty design on the obverse.
- Flying American bald eagle on the reverse.
Hermon Atkins MacNeil was one of two artists to create beautiful designs for the United States Mint in 1916. MacNeil and Adolph A. Weinman were the winners of contests held by the Treasury Department to find new designs to replace the 1892 images from US Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber.
MacNeil’s Standing Liberty design features the full-length image of Liberty standing in the gap of a wall, signifying her readiness to defend the nation from aggressors. In his original design, MacNeil depicted Liberty as a bare-chested goddess.
Each 2016 1/4 oz Gold American Standing Liberty Quarter Coin in this listing has a near-perfect grade from the NGC. Specimen Proof 69 coins have mirrored finishes, exhibit full, original mint luster, but also have a maximum of two minor detracting flaws. Early Release coins are those received by the NGC within the first 30 days of the release date set by the US Mint.
On the obverse face of the coin is the image of Standing Liberty, created by MacNeil in 1916. The US Mint changed MacNeil’s original design before the quarter went into major production, with designers giving Liberty a chain-mail chest plate.
The reverse side of the 2016 1/4 oz Gold American Standing Liberty Quarter Coin features the image of an American bald eagle in flight. The image was original criticized as too close to that of Christian Gobrecht’s flying eagle, with the only difference being the direction of flight of the eagle.
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