25C 1916 F 15 PCGS Standing Liberty
One of the truly elegant if short-lived design types to come out of the US Mint. This first year of issue is a classic design by Herbert Akins Macneil, very much a departure from the rather staid and masculine designs for the Barber Quarters, which the standing liberty design replaced. Redesigned later in 1917 with minor die adjustments save for the dramatic of the sheathing of Liberty's dicolletage in medieval chain mail. The late Walter Breen theorizes this was the doing of the prudish Charles Barber, who had been instrumental in ''dumbing down'' yet another dynamic and original coin design (the other major instance being his work in modifying and flattening the Saint Gaudens design $20 double eagle). Only 52, 000 pieces were struck and most reached circulation.