US Standing Liberty Quarter  1916 to 1930
US Standing Liberty Quarter 1916 to 1930

These are grand old US coins, J-Money, one of my favorites.

Catalog values for Standing Liberty Quarters start around $25 US dollars for early issues in worn condition. That changes, however, with later issues. In 1925 they changed the design a little and the post-25 coins are worth quite a bit less. Here is a summary of catalog values for the common date coins taken from the Red Book, a well known price guide for US coins. To meet these levels, coins must be free of all problems such as scratches, stains, cleanings, nicks, gouges, corrosion, and the like. Better date coins are addressed further down this page.

worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $160

worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $35
fully uncirculated: $130

Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means by using our Terminology page.

To be worth anything, the date must show. With your coin the date has worn off, so its value is almost zero, a few dollars at most. To make matters worse, someone used steel wool to clean the coin. Collectors shudder at that thought!


There are a few 'better dates' for the series, as follows. The values are for specimens in average circulated condition:

1916: $7400
1918S/17: $5000 (see description below)
1919D: $400
1919S: $350
1921: $700
1923S: $1100
1924D: $140
1927D: $70
1927S: $350

There is another interesting factor with SLQs: their strike. Look at the figure with the blue backaground. It shows two SLQs in uncirculated condition. The difference in appearance is not due to wear (they are both uncirculated with no wear at all), but it is due to the amount of pressure applied to the coins during the minting process. The coin with the strong strike shows all the features of the design, especially in the head of Miss Liberty. The weak strike lacks many design features.

Needless to say, coin collectors prefer the strong strike over the weak strike, and are willing to pay a premium for it. So, if you have a coin with a strong strike that shows all the features of Miss Liberty's head (use a magnifier), multiply the values above by a factor of two or more.

There is a somewhat famous variety of the 1918 SLQ. Mint officials took a shortcut when preparing dies for this variety, glomming an '8' directly over the '7' of a 1917 die. This is called the 1918S/17 variety and it commands a strong premium, as follows.

worn: $1600
average circulated: $5000
well preserved: $8000
fully uncirculated: $19000 or more

Coin: 1028 , Genre: United States
Requested by: J-Money, Mon, 17-Aug-2009 02:52:32 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 26-Dec-2012 16:30:59 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Mon, 25-Jul-2016 02:07:38 GMT
Requester description: 1918 It says Liberty in back. Has A person standing the date is warn off. Its a quarter. Has a eagle flying instead of the regular eagle standing with wings spread. the only ones i've seen are on the net but those say its from 1918.
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