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2016-W 25 Cent 1/4-oz Gold Standing Liberty NGC SP69 First Releases Jones Signed
Signed by former US Mint Chief Engraver Elizabeth Jones – the ONLY gold quarter ever struck!
In 1916, World War I was raging in Europe, and US was braced for possible entry into that terrible conflict. A conflict was brewing at the US Mint as well. Nine years earlier, President Theodore Roosevelt had authorized the use of classical motifs for gold coin designs, but now it was time to change smaller denomination silver coinage, such as the quarter, dime and half dollar. After a competition, Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s design was chosen for the obverse, a portrayal of Lady Liberty that evoked ancient Greek sculpture. The initial coins came off the presses in 2016, and the series continued through 1930 – resulting in more than 226 million coins struck. But the series was not without controversy. After two years of the original design, it was changed slightly due to outcry over its “obscene” depiction of Lady Liberty, as her breast was bared. The new coins minted after 1917 depicted Lady Liberty bedecked in chain mail to modify the design.
Now, a century later, the US Mint has commemorated the original iconic image of the Standing Liberty Quarter with the production of a gold quarter—the only gold quarter ever struck. These stunning coins are further enhanced with a label that has been signed by the 11th Chief Engraver of the US Mint, Elizabeth Jones. Yours is available now at GovMint.com.
Nothing defines classical beauty better than gold
The 2016-W Gold Standing Liberty Quarter will captivate you instantly with its brilliant finish and sharp strike. Minted in 99.99% pure gold, it weighs 7.776 grams and is 22 mm in diameter.
- THE ONLY GOLD QUARTER EVER STRUCK-- Not only is the Standing Liberty the only gold quarter ever struck by the US Mint, this coin is one of the only Standing Liberty Quarters struck at the West Point Mint. The coin’s obverse depicts Lady Liberty holding her shield aloft in one arm, while she carries an olive branch in the other. She steps through an opening in a wall that bears thirteen stars as well as the inscription "IN GOD WE TRUST." Also inscribed on the obverse is "LIBERTY," "AU 24K," "1/4 OZ." and the date "2016." The reverse of the coin features a soaring eagle, its wings outspread, encircled by thirteen stars. The reverse’s inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "QUARTER DOLLAR," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
- A COIN THAT CAUSED A SCANDAL-- The Gold Standing Liberty Quarter utilizes the design of the original Standing Liberty Quarter minted in 1916 and 1917. The design, considered scandalous at the time despite its basis on classical sculpture, depicts Lady Liberty with an exposed right breast. Liberty was "covered up" in coins minted from the late 1917s through the coin series’ end in 1930.
- SIGNED BY ELIZABETH JONES -- Your 2016 Standing Liberty Quarter is graded in near perfect SP69 condition by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, with an additional First Release designation. A grading of SP indicates the coin is a Specimen, a hybrid between Mint State and Proof. It will arrive packaged in a case with a hand-signed label featuring the signature of Elizabeth Jones, 11th Chief Engraver of the US Mint.
If you’re looking for a coin that has it all -- first release status, the only gold coin ever struck, a hint of historical scandal -- look no further than the 2016-W Gold Standing Liberty Coin, hand-signed by Elizabeth Jones. Get yours today from GovMint.com!
|Year of Issue||2016|
|Pedigree||First Releases, Jones Signed|
|Mint Name||West Point - W, U.S. Mint|
|Coin Weight||7.77 Grams - g|
|Weight||1/4 Ounce - oz|