1917-D STANDING LIBERTY 25C, TYPE 1 MS67 Full Head

TYPE 1. LOVELY COLOR. CAC.
Grading Service: PCGS
SKU: 131451
Cert Number: 83426268
$6,950.00

1917-D STANDING LIBERTY - TYPE 1 25C

In 1917, an intercepted telegram from Germany to Mexico was shown to the US ambassador to the US. In the message, Germany called on Mexico to attack the US if it decided to enter WWI and promised it back much of the land it lost in the Mexican-American War. The telegram is known as the Zimmermann Telegram, named after the sender, the German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann. This 1917 quarter recalls an event that turned US popular opinion in favor of entering the war against Germany.

The winner of the Treasury Department's 1915 competition for a new Quarter design was Hermon A. MacNeil, whose brilliant Standing Liberty motif is considered to be one of the true classics in U.S. numismatics.  The examples struck at the end of 1916 and during early 1917 differ from later-date Standing Liberty Quarters in two significant respects: Liberty's right breast is exposed and the eagle is set low in the reverse field with no stars below its breast.  This variety is known as the Type I design, although it is interesting to note that 1916 and 1917 Type I examples also differ from one another is subtle ways.

Treasury Secretary McAdoo and Mint Director von Engelken wanted to see three additional changes made to the Standing Liberty Quarter before the first examples were struck for circulation: removal of the olive leaves that overlap the letter L in LIBERTY; sharpening the obverse detail in the obverse shield; and improving the overall definition in Liberty's portrait.  Since the design had already undergone significant delays due to design modifications, and these changes would have pushed production into 1917, the Mint decided to go to press in December 1916 without making these final changes.  They were, however, incorporated into the 1917 Type I design, which features a significantly different obverse motif and a stronger reverse than the design utilized in 1916.

Produced in limited numbers to ensure that the first of the new Quarters would display the same date as the initial Mercury Dimes and Walking Liberty Halves, the 1916 has long been prized as a key-date issue.  The three 1917-dated Type I deliveries are much more obtainable in an absolute sense, although the D- and S-mint issues are scarce-to-rare ith Full Head striking detail.

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