Jeff Burke submitted this article on his latest acquisition. Thanks! Nice coin.
Adding a Standing Liberty Quarter Type Coin to My Collection
I remember the night that Tom Wood, president of our Lynchburg, Virginia Coin Club, was so
excited to show us his complete set of Standing Liberty quarters (SLQ) at one of our monthly
meetings! Tom's SLQ set took many years to complete and included a mint state 1916 specimen.
(For an intriguing story about 1916 SLQ patterns, see Steve Roach's
Delicacies of Change: 20th
Century Patterns in Coin World, November 2021, pp. 34-35).
Memories of that night and my own research about the SLQ series lead me to the treasure hunt of
adding another piece to my small collection of high-grade, well-struck and inexpensive U.S. type
coins in my favorite series: Indian Head cents, Lincoln cents, Buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes,
Liberty Walking half dollars, Morgan dollars, Saint-Gaudens double eagles - and now Standing
Thomas G. Wood, Ph.D., was an important numismatic mentor to me during my membership in
the Lynchburg Coin Club (LCC), from 2006 to 2012. Tom had had several articles about
Standing Liberty quarters, Nickel Three-Cent pieces and Liberty Head nickels (his three
specialties) published in The Numismatist in the 1970s. Tom taught me how to sharpen my skills
as a grader and to be patient when hunting for that elusive coin.
Before starting the search for a SLQ for my own collection, I reread sections of Q. David
Bowers' A Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters and Liberty Walking Half
Dollars, 2015, and J.H. Cline's Standing Liberty Quarters, 2007. In Cline's seminal work, my
favorite sections were when the author reminisced about collecting and selling SLQs in the
1950s. I also read extensive information about Standing Liberty quarters on the Newman Numismatic Portal.
After considering the options within my price range, I opted to search for a 1917 Type I SLQ
because it is by far the most well struck coin in the series. In Ron Pope's limited survey of 1917
Type I SLQ, 76% had full details. (Bowers, Guide Book, p. 163). My goal was to find a choice
piece in MS 62 to 65, certified by NGC or PCGS. I studied dozens of specimens (full head and
non-full head) on eBay and the Collectors Corner ranging in grades from Fair 2 to MS 67+. In the
end, I was most captivated by a 1926 SLQ PCGS MS-65 white gem from Northeast
Numismatics that I discovered on Collectors Corner. In Pope's survey on 1926 SLQ, only 1%
had full details. (Bowers, Guide Book, p. 179). Although not in the full details category, the coin
that captured my attention still stood out for its overall beauty and luster.
This stellar quarter arrived in the mail in late January. It looks even better in person than it did
during my online examinations. My wife has declared it the most beautiful coin I've ever
Remember: Buy the book before the coin!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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