1930 was the last year of the Standing Liberty quarter series, an occasion which occurred during the earliest ripple effects of the stock market crash from a year earlier. Many of the larger-denomination coins would be absent from the annual mint lineup of the early 1930s, and that was a direct response to the shrinking economy of the era. In the case of 1930 Standing Liberty quarters, a smaller batch was made that year than had been struck in the previous few years, though neither quarter issue (only Philadelphia and San Francisco struck quarters in 1930) is considered scarce.
Here’s a breakdown of mintages and values for 1930 Standing Liberty quarters:
1930 – 5,632,000; $9
1930-S – 1,556,000; $9
1930 Standing Liberty quarters are among the least expensive in any of the grade categories for the series, which makes them easily affordable for type collectors and Standing Liberty aficionados alike. They are also superb for Full Head (“FH”) Standing Liberty quarters, as there are many available among the pool of 1930 quarters.
There were no quarters minted in 1931, and in 1932 the United States Mint first struck the Washington quarter, which was intended as a commemorative coin to honor the bicentennial of the first U.S. president’s birth. The Washington design, created by John Flanagan, proved so popular with the public that it remained through the ages and continues to adorn the obverse of the quarter today.