100 YEARS AGO, THE U.S. MINT UNVEILED ITS REDESIGNED DIMES, QUARTERS AND HALF DOLLARS. A LOOK AT RELATED LOTS FROM THE HERITAGE ARCHIVE
By Mark Borckardt
PRICE, IN DOLLARS, for Uncirculated 1919-S Standing Liberty quarter in the 1936 edition of the Standard Catalogue. This series key is rare with full head details. Grading MS67 Full Head PCGS, this example is tied for the finest PCGS has certified, and it is CAC approved. It sold in 2014 for a record $258,500.
NUMBER OF REVERSE dies known for the 1916-D dime. This was the first year of production for the design, and the lowest mintage of any issue. This 1916-D MS67 Full Bands PCGS CAC is tied for the finest Full Bands example at PCGS. It sold in 2010 for $196,500.
NUMBER, IN MILLIONS, of 1919-D Mercury dimes struck after World War I. Numismatists describe the 1919-D dime as a strike rarity, meaning it is generally common, but rare in high grades and with full details. This 1919-D MS66 Full Bands PCGS Secure CAC sold in 2012 for $138,000.
WEIGHT, IN GRAMS, of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. At the time of its sale, this was the only 1919-D Walker graded MS66 by PCGS or NCG. Seven years have passed, and it is still the only MS66 at either grading service. It sold in 2009 for $253,000.
NUMBER OF PCGS– and NGC-certified Full Head 1927-S quarters in all grades. While the 1916 and the overdate are the best-known Standing Liberty quarter rarities, the 1927-S is an important condition rarity, especially with bold design motifs. This 1927-S MS67 Full Head PCGS sold in 2014 for a record-setting $258,500.
MINTAGE OF THE 1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. This fabulous coin, graded MS66 NGC, was hidden in a Chicago collection from the time of issue until its sale this year. It sold for $188,000, a record auction price for any 1921-S half dollar.