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1917-P 25 Cents Silver Standing Liberty VF
Wardrobe Malfunction Exposes Liberty!
When the 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter was released, the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice was aghast at the “immorality” of the coin. You see, in classic style, one of Miss Liberty’s breasts was exposed! The guardians of prudery exerted political pressure, and the coin was quickly changed, covering up the shocking appendage. As a result, these 1917 quarters are both scarce and desirable today.
In addition to the gasps of horror emanating from the Society for the Suppression of Vice, the other controversy surrounding this coin was the identity of the model used by sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil to create the design. For years the model was reported to be Doris Doscher. Nicknamed the “girl on the quarter,” Doscher later became a silent film star under the somewhat exotic name of Doris Doree. Years later, however, it was claimed that the real model was actually Broadway actress Irene MacDowell, whose name was kept secret because her husband was one of MacNeil’s tennis buddies and he would have disapproved. It was also later claimed that the deception was concocted to fool MacNeil’s wife, who saw MacDowell as a romantic rival for her husband’s affections. In 1982, Doscher’s widower claimed that it was his wife after all. Who was it really? We may never know, but the end result was one of the biggest controversies in numismatic history!
Now you can get one of these historic and popular coins. We have them available in Very Fine (VF) condition. And luckily, you can get one without fear of reprisal – the Society for the Suppression of Vice is kaput!
- SCANDALOUS DESIGN – The design of Miss Liberty with an exposed breast caused a major controversy and resulted in a modified design that covered her in chain mail. The coin’s reverse shows a flying eagle.
- STRUCK IN GLEAMING SILVER —These coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 6.25 grams of 90% silver.
- LEGAL TENDER COINAGE – Each Standing Liberty Silver Quarter was 25 cents legal tender in the United States.
- NICE VERY FINE CONDITION – Your 1917-P Standing Liberty Silver Quarter comes in nice Very Fine (VF) condition – a remarkable grade for a coin that is more than a century old. Earlier designs of this coin featured high details and saw heavy wear in circulation.
Closing The Society for the Suppression of Vice couldn’t stand for this coin – but you can! Add the fascinating 1917-P 25 Cents Silver Standing Liberty to your collection today!
|Year of Issue||1917|
|Mint Name||Philadelphia - P|
|Coin Weight||6.25 Grams - g|