1917 Standing Liberty Quarter. Type II. MS-67+ FH (PCGS).Billowy mint frost blankets both sides of this endearing piece, the surfaces further enhanced by blushes of soft iridescent toning. Both the strike and level of preservation are superior and readily uphold the validity of the impressive grade from PCGS.<p>As 1917 unfolded, technical difficulties and the United States increasing slide toward involvement in World War I resulted in a significant redesign of the Standing Liberty quarter. Relenting to pressure from designer Hermon A. MacNeil, Mint Director F.J.H. von Engelken authorized (without Congressional approval whatsoever) changes to the Type I style of 1917 quarters. MacNeil alleged that the dies, as finished in the Mint, were untrue to his design conception (true enough, with Charles Barbers tinkering of the design elements and placement). Meanwhile the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare by the German Empire created a political environment in which a depiction of Liberty prepared for war by donning a chain mail vest was preferred to a portrait with an exposed breast that seemed tentative, if not outright unprepared for the future. Complicated design launches were commonplace at the Mint in this period, and the Type II Standing Liberty quarters of 1917 are representative of this fact. This premium Superb Gem from the Philadelphia Mint is one of the finest representatives of this important era in the history of the U.S. Mint that numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette has named the "Renaissance of American Coinage.".PCGS# 5715. NGC ID: 2434.PCGS Population: 4; with a single MS-68 FH finer.