Silver Quarters were once part of American coinage – but silver coins disappeared generations ago, and circulating silver Quarters are now a long-forgotten memory. This unique collection features one historic Standing Liberty Silver Quarter from each of the last three years of issue, 1928-1930. The Standing Liberty Silver Quarter was first minted in late 1916 … and instantly became America’s most scandalous coin. The design shows Liberty standing with a shield (symbolizing war) in one hand and an olive branch (symbolizing peace) in the other. This was an important image in 1916, because the U.S. had not yet joined World War I and it showed that the nation was peace-loving yet willing to fight for freedom.
However, Liberty was shown with an exposed breast – and the Society for the Suppression of Vice was very vocal about the coin being “immoral” and “obscene.” There was such an uproar that the U.S. Mint was forced to change the design in 1917 to cover Liberty’s breast with a chain-mail shirt. The reverse of the coin shows a beautiful eagle in flight. The mintages were minuscule compared to the mintages of Quarters today. In fact, the total number of Standing Liberty Silver Quarters minted in the entire year of 1930 is about equal to the number of State Quarters minted every day! And most Standing Liberty Silver Quarters were worn out or damaged in circulation generations ago – especially in the Great Depression when all coins were treasured – leaving just a fraction in collectible quality like those in this collection. The set of the last three Standing Liberty Silver Quarters comes with a storycard and a Certificate of Authenticity.