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Sale 74

June Long Beach Coin Auction


Standing Liberty Quarter Dollars
 
 
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Lot 2758
  The Dr. Charles Ruby Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters 1916-1930's. All housed in an Old Time Premium Card. Missing the overdate. About Good to XF. Lot of 37 coins.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 3,000.
The Dr. Charles Ruby Estate.

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$8,050
Lot 2759
1916 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. A frosty white untoned gem. The head is nearly full and all the rivits in the shield are present. Popular Key date. The standing Liberty quarter was "intended to typify in a measure the awakening interest of the country to its own protection," Mint Director von Engelken said at the time the coins first appeared early in 1917. "In the new design Liberty is shown a full-length figure, front view, with head turned toward the left, stepping forward to the gateway of the country …The left arm of the figure of Liberty is upraised, bearing the shield in the attitude of protection, from which the covering is being drawn. The right hand bears the olive branch of peace."

Seemingly everything coalesced to make the 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter one of the leading rarities of 20th century US numismatics. It was the first year of issue for a new design by an gifted sculptor, it had a very low mintage (52,000), and was saved in low numbers as though the Mint has sneaked it into circulation behind the hoopla surrounding the 1916 Mercury Dime and 1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar, both of which were introduced this year as well. This is one of the finest, frostiest, most illustrious examples known of this rarity in MS65 grade we have had the pleasure to auction; it is almost perfectly preserved. Rolling fields of mint luster cover each side while the surfaces display integrity and absence of defect rarely seen, originality with significant underlying mint brilliance on the obverse, throughout the reverse. An exceptional, high grade 1916 quarter with endless aesthetic appeal. Pop 25; 6 finer in 66 (PCGS # 5704) .

Note: January 1st, 1916, the first "Rose Bowl" football game was played in Pasadena, California's Tournament Park between Washington State and Brown University. Originally titled the "Tournament East-West football game," the first Rose Bowl was actually played on January 1, 1902, starting the tradition of New Year's Day bowl games. The football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of the Rose Parade. The inaugural game featured Fielding H. Yost's dominating 1901 Michigan team, representing the East, which crushed a team from Stanford University, representing the West, by a score of 49 to 0 after Stanford quit in the third quarter. "The game was so lopsided that for the next 15 years," explains the Wikipedia entry, "the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football." Ostriches & chariots aside, "…on New Year's Day 1916 football returned to stay as The State College of Washington (now Washington State University) defeated Brown University in the first annual Rose Bowl with that explicit name." (The Rose Bowl stadium was opened in 1923.).
Estimated Value $23,000 - 25,000.
The Coltrin Family Collection.

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Lot 2760
1917 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-65 Full Head PQ CAC Approved. Well struck and a frosty white gem. Should be called MS-66FH. United States silver coins struck in 1916 and early 1917 possess a "textured" luster, almost velvety, unlike anything before or since. The velvety texture is most notable on sharp Mint State specimens of the new designs: Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, Walking Liberty Half Dollar. The closest one can come in comparison is on the very rare Matte Proofs and Satin Finish Proofs also struck in the teens. The present Standing Liberty Type 1 Quarter shows this textured luster to its fullest (and, we might add, quite alluring) effect. We encourage all collectors to examine such coins for their beauty and artistry, since this was American coin art at its zenith. Pop 977 (PCGS # 5707) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
The Coltrin Family Collection.

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Lot 2761
1917-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Frosty white with the head nearly full. This coin needs to be resubmitted for FH designation. Pop 69; 29 finer with 1 in 65+, 15 in 66, 1 in 66+, 2 in 67 (PCGS # 5708) .

Note: Type 1 and Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarters carry a funny, thought-provoking story, probably more apocryphal than true. In the early years of this century a band of vice crusaders stalked the land. America, like most countries, has its history of swings from relatively "loose" morals to more prudish ones. After the infamous reformer, Anthony Comstock, passed on to a higher calling in 1915, his devoted followers continued the crusade. The day Hermon MacNeil brought out his aesthetically pleasing Standing Liberty motif in 1916 was the day a great hue and cry arose from these Comstockers. For what did they espy in his design but a bare-bosomed Ms. Liberty. Forget the fact that countless nations had their own splendid, if unclothed, artwork that had drawn rave reviews from art historians and critics; no, this new topless Quarter had to go! Forget the fact that the US $5 Silver Certificates of 1896-99 had a bare-breasted allegorical "Electricity" on the front. None of that mattered. One can imagine Mr. MacNeil's chagrin at being told to modify the offending bosom. Thus arose the so-called Type 2 design. Not only did the artist comply with the Mint official's directive, but he decided to make a point by draping poor Liberty in a highly unbecoming chain-mail blouse! Be that as it may, here is a splendid representative Type 1 bare-breasted Quarter for your enjoyment.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
The Coltrin Family Collection.

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Lot 2762
1917-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 1. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Lovely delicate golden toning adds to its appeal. The head is nearly full and all the rivits in the shield are present. Pop 38; 17 finer with 1 in 65+, 14 in 66, 2 in 67 (PCGS # 5710) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.
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Lot 2763
1917 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. A hint of light golden toning enhances the intense mint lusteer and the head is nearly full. Pop 80; 22 finer with 21 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 5714) .
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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Lot 2764
1917-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ. Intensely frosty and blast white. The head is 3/4 full. Pop 141; 61 finer with 41 in 65, 19 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 5716) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 2765
1917-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. Type 2. PCGS graded MS-65. Intensely lustrous, frosty and untoned. The head is nearly full. Pop 67; 16 finer in 66. Another impressive coin from this collection (PCGS # 5718) .

In January 1917 Hermon MacNeil told a friend that the Mint had "garbled" his design and that he was "making a stand for improvements." One month later, Treasury officials announced they were considering changes to the quarter. H.R. 3548, enacted July 9, 1917, authorized the modifications, and by November the revised Type 2 design was in production."The most noticeable difference is on the reverse," noted coin collector/celebrity Farran Zerbe said. "The eagle is higher and there is a new arrangement of the stars, three stars being placed below the eagle. On the obverse the features of the head of Liberty are stronger. The sprig in her hand does not engage the 'L.' There are fewer dots in the shield, and the undraped chaste bust of the old has been given what looks like a corsage of mail."
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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Lot 2766
1918 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 CAC Approved. Frosty and lightly toned. The head is nearly full. Pop 66; 23 finer with 21 in 66, 1 in 66+, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 5720) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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Lot 2767
1918-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Frosty and blast white. The head is 3/4 full. Pop 51; 17 finer with 16 in 66, 1 in 67. Another marvelous coin from the Coltrin Collection (PCGS # 5722) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
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$978
Lot 2768
1918-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Frosty and untoned. The head is 1/2 full. To meet the seemingly insatiable needs of the United States wartime economy during this tumultuous year, the San Francisco Mint delivered, among other coins, 11 million Quarters. This is one of the higher totals in the Standing Liberty series, and circulated examples are relatively plentiful in today's market. In order to produce such a large number of coins during a boom economy, however, the staff at the San Francisco Mint seems to have let quality control fall by the wayside. Many have weak strikes, although the handsome offering put up for sale in this Lot is definitely one deserving your attention and strong bid! Pop 65; 13 finer with 12 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 5724) .
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
The Coltrin Family Collection.

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Lot 2769
1919 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ. Well struck with the head nearly full and creamy white throughout. A very choice coin. Pop 120; 105 finer at PCGS (PCGS # 5728) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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Lot 2770
1919-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. Well struck with the head nearly full. Beautiful creamy-white luster throughout. Another choice coin from the Coltrin Collection. Bathed in silvery satiny elegance, the coin supports luster that is full over both sides with a shimmering, frosty texture. We are unable to locate any outwardly distracting abrasions, as befits the Gem MS65 grade. Furthermore, the strike is suitably bold over all features save for Liberty's head on the obverse which on this issue is seldom found full. The 1919-D is an elusive issue within the Standing Liberty Quarter series, a short run of coins that lasted only from 1916 to 1930. Just 1.9 million pieces were produced and the majority seen circulated, it ranks among the semi-keys of the series. Survivors are scarce-to-rare in all Mint grades, with Gems such as the example in this lot easily qualifying for close attention by competitive bidders. Pop 42; 26 finer with 1 in 65+, 25 in 66 (PCGS # 5730) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500.
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$4,600
Lot 2771
1919-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-64 CAC Approved. Well struck with the head nearly full and all the rivits in the shield present. A frosty white beauty and a Premium Quality coin for the given grade. Pop 52; 53 finer at PCGS (PCGS # 5732) .

Noteworthy: There are several explanations as to why the 1919-S Quarter (and its Denver cousin) is so scarce. Two of these bear recording: First, mintage had reached unprecedented levels during the prosperous wartime years of 1917-8. (Prosperous for industry; miserable for the actual soldiers dying on the front.) As an inevitable aftermath, however, few new coins were required in 1919 out West, since there was a superabundance of war coinage still circulating from 1918s 11 million mintage. A second possibility revolves around the plummeting agricultural prices from their unsustainable 1919-20 highs (again, a result of World War I). Western farming states entered upon a period of slowing activity; and slow activity translates into lowered demand for coinage from the mints. (1921 and 1922 are seen as the low in this activity during a short, sharp economic depression that righted itself soon thereafter.).
Estimated Value $2,700 - 2,800.
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Lot 2772
1920 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 CAC Approved. Intensely lustrous with blast white surfaces. The head is nearly full and the shield is complete. A gem example of Premium Quality. Pop 214; 61 finer at PCGS. A coin that should be resubmitted (PCGS # 5734) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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Lot 2773
1920-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ CAC Approved. Well struck with nearly a Full Head and all rivets in the shield. A bright, lustrous example from the Denver Mint. Denver, in particular, is notorious for failing to strike its Cents, Nickels and Quarter Dollars properly in the 1920s decade. A worthwhile acquisition for anyone who would like an eye-catching 1920-D quarter dollar (PCGS # 5736) .
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
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Lot 2774
1920-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-63. The head is about half full and the shield is lacking a few rivets; all, lightly toned. Pop 90. Popular scarce date (PCGS # 5738) .
Estimated Value $800 - 850.
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Lot 2775
1921 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. A frosty white gem of Premium Quality for the grade. The head is virtually full and the shield is complete. Pop 88; 19 finer with 1 in 65+, 18 in 66. Should be reviewed by PCGS for a Full Head (PCGS # 5740) .

Mintage in 1921 for all denominations except the Silver Dollar fell markedly from what it had been in prior years. American business experienced a short, sharp depression during the year. No doubt this was the "morning after" headache from the inflationary drunken spree the country had gone on in World War I. With manufacturing and retailing at a low ebb the Treasury's vaults were stuff with bags of unused coins. Hence, the hard-to-find 1921-dated issues, like the delightful Quarter Dollar offered here.
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.
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Lot 2776
1923 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. A frosty white gem with intense mint luster. The shield and head are just about full. Pop 320 (PCGS # 5742) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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Lot 2777
1923-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-63. Well struck with the head 3/4 full. A hint of delicate violet toning adds to its appeal of thise mostly white choice coin. Pop 51. A nice looking coin. The 1923-S is a condition rarity that is infrequently encountered in choice quality. Few enter the market, our sense is that this is less so in the most recent 10 years than before. Scintillating luster is accented by the aforementioned delicate toning. The frosty surfaces are lovely (PCGS # 5744) .
Estimated Value $3,200 - 3,400.
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Lot 2778
1924 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. A hint of light tone. The head is 3/4 full. Pop 125; 35 finer (PCGS # 5746) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 2779
1924-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. A nice frosty white coin. The head is about ½ full. Pop 489; 95 finer (PCGS # 5748) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 2780
1924-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. A frosty white coin. The head is 3/4 full. A lustrous S-mint whose snow white brilliance whirls dizzily around the surface. At best, it is not easy to find such fine satiny luster. So too crisp definition on the main devices counts for a lot. Mathematically exact standards are seen in the sharp details with only the usual head softness as found on most Standing Liberty Quarter dates. Pop 29; 10 finer in 66 (PCGS # 5750) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 2781
1925 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved PQ. A nice white coin. The head is almost full. Pop 129; 25 finer (PCGS # 5752) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 2782
1926 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. A frosty white coin. The head is almost full. Pop 149; 37 finer (PCGS # 5754) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 2783
1926-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. A white coin with the head flat. Pop 190; 10 finer in 66 (PCGS # 5756) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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Lot 2784
1926-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. A hint of gold tone. The head is almost full. A scarcer San Francisco Mint issue. In 1925-30 issues the date on the Standing Liberty quarters is recessed into the step, creating a sub-type. This allowed the coin's rim to protect the numbers better from wear. Evidently this modification did improve the situation, since pre-1925 dates fetch prices many times higher than post-1925 dates, even given roughly equal mintage numbers in the same state of preservation.Pop 61; 15 finer, 1 in 65+, 14 in 66. Another nice example (PCGS # 5758) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,800.
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Lot 2785
1927 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. A nice white coin with the head ½ full. Pop 88; 23 finer, 20 in 66, 3 in 67 (PCGS # 5760) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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Lot 2786
1927-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved PQ. A hint of light golden toning. The head is 3/4 full. Pop 247; 27 finer in 66 (PCGS # 5762) .
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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Lot 2787
1927-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved PQ. Frosty and mostly white. The head is more than ½ full. With only 396,000 pieces produced, the 1927-S is the principal rarity among regular issue Standing Liberty quarters after 1916 and the 1918 overdate. Some class it as even rarer than the 1916, although almost eight times as many coins were struck. The 1916 was saved in more substantial numbers as a "first year" design. Apparently very few people thought to set aside Mint State quarters in 1927 from the San Francisco mint as only a few dozen are extant today.

A lustrous white color coin gleaming with mint luster. The 1927-S in spectacular choice MS63 is far affordable than the higher grade examples of this key Standing Liberty date. And it must always be remembered that this issue is not found with the same depth of strike over Liberty's ear, as say, a 1927 Philadelphia Mint. There is always just a slight bit of softness in that area, even on the strongest 1927-S quarters. Pop 30; 143 finer. Popular key date (PCGS # 5764) .
Estimated Value $7,000 - 7,500.
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Lot 2788
1928 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Mostly untoned. The head is almost full. All the rivets are there. Pop 73; 26 finer (PCGS # 5766) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 2789
1928-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved PQ. Mostly white. The head is ½ full. Pop 563; 82 finer (PCGS # 5768) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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Lot 2790
1928-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. A hint of light gold tone. The head is 3/4 full (PCGS # 5770) .
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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Lot 2791
1929 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved PQ. Light gold tone. The head is 3/4 full. Pop 114; 25 finer, 23 in 66, 2 in 67 (PCGS # 5772) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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Lot 2792
1929-D Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved PQ. Lightly toned. The head is more than 3/4 full. Pop 145; 41 (PCGS # 5774) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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$368
Lot 2793
1929-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Nice light rainbow toning. The head is more than 3/4 full. Pop 245; 217 finer (PCGS # 5776) .
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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Lot 2794
1930 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 Full Head PQ CAC Approved. A nice white coin with the head almost full (PCGS # 5779) .
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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$690
Lot 2795
1930 Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. NGC graded MS-65 Full Head. A sparkling creamy-white gem with all the rivets on the shield intact.
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$575
Lot 2796
1930-S Liberty Standing Quarter Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved PQ. A nice frosty coin with the head almost full (PCGS # 5780) .
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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