The Standing Liberty Quarter Dollars were designed by Hermon A. MacNeil and were produced from 1916 to 1930. This is one of the more intricate yet subtle of the symbolic designs with Liberty holding her shield raised in a protective stance while holding out an olive branch in a gesture of peace. There are two major varieties; one of 1916-1917 and one from 1917 to the end of the series. The first variety had an exposed breast on Liberty and this did not meet with the acceptance of the general public of the time; it was considered a moral affront and was greatly resented. So the second version quickly appeared with the breast covered. Coins reflect the wishes of the people who use them and no series better illustrates that than this one.
Good reference works for those more interested in this type of coin are The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins by Walter Breen and Standing Liberty Quarters by J. H. Cline.
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