||1916 25C MS66 Full Head NGC. The 52,000-coin mintage of the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter was produced in the final two weeks of the year, from dies that lacked sufficient engraving on the finer elements of the design, most notably on Liberty's head, the shield rivets, and the stars on either side of the figure. (These areas were sharpened on the following 1917-dated hubs, accompanied by a few other minute design modifications.) The poorness of the engraving resulted in weak design definition on the 1916 pieces. For the connoisseur, therefore, the task is not so much in finding a "sharp" example, but rather more in finding a "not-so-weak" example. In MS66 and finer condition this is especially difficult, as the number of coins to choose from declines significantly at these levels; NGC has encapsulated only 19 pieces in MS66 Full Head, and just three MS67 coins numerically finer. This Premium Gem coin is among the better-struck representatives of the issue, showing strong head detail and well-delineated central gown folds. The obverse stars and shield rivets are all present. Original olive and pale champagne hues accent satiny luster, with the colors more prominent on the obverse. A beautifully preserved example of this classic first-year key date. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $41125.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.