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2016-W 1/4-oz Gold Standing Liberty Quarter NGC SP70 100th Anniversary
From a Century Ago -- Beautiful Symbolism from a Nation on the Brink
As the saying goes, the only constant is change -- and for a nation as dynamic as the United States, the events of 1916 were no different. Both suffrage and temperance movements were gaining steam, ensuring that both would reach their goals by the end of 1920. Beyond the expansion of voting rights and the prohibition of alcohol, the continuing conflict of World War I would also forever alter the course of a nation in the midst of its second century. The sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat, a tragedy that killed more than 1,100 passengers and crew including 120 Americans, shocked the country a year earlier. Even though a tenuous cease fire was brokered, there was an overwhelming unease that the conflict would soon engulf the U.S.
With an eye towards conflict abroad and another towards an evolving landscape at home, the U.S. Mint wanted to trade in the previous designs of Charles Barber for engravings that would artfully define the country's position in the world. The mint chose sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil, known for his art depicting Native Americans and scenes from American history, to portray the ideal of peaceful abundance, but one that is cared for and defended with vigilance. MacNeil's standing Liberty, standing in between two walls with an olive branch and exposed breast on her left and defensive shield on her right, is the duality of peace and war made powerful and understandable.
The following year would thrust the United States into the depths of the First World War, and MacNeil's design would follow suit as Liberty's chest would be covered in armor. His visual allegory would remain with only slight adjustments for well over a decade, until the Great Depression helped to cease its mintage in 1931. A year later, what was meant to be a temporary commemorative design for the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth would forever replace MacNeil's symbolic design.
Today, the original 1916 composition of this American classic is being minted for the first time in 85 years. This 2016 Centennial Gold Standing Liberty Quarter is the second in a line of Centennial Gold re-releases of classic designs from the U.S. Mint, joining the already released Mercury Centennial Gold Dime and the slated for release Centennial Gold Half Dollar. MacNeil's first vision of the Standing Liberty is produced in one-quarter ounce of 99.99% pure gold and is paired on the coin's other side by a bald eagle in flight, created in stunning detail.
Your coin will come to you graded Specimen-70 (SP70) by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Your flawless coin will also stay protected in NGC's sonically sealed acrylic case -- giving you security and preservation while allowing you visual access at any angle. Finally, your coin will have a specially-created 100th anniversary label featuring a color illustration of MacNeil's classic design.
For a unique re-release of this magnitude, we're expecting the limited mintage of 100,000 coins to enter the hands of collectors just as soon as they enter the market. It's been more than eight decades since this design is seeing a fresh round at the U.S. Mint -- who knows when it will return? For that reason alone, the time is now to make this American classic your own. Don't delay!
|Year of Issue||2016|
|Mint Name||West Point - W, U.S. Mint|
|Coin Weight||7.77 Grams - g|
|Weight||1/4 Ounce - oz|