[Daily article] May 1: Standing Liberty quarter

The Standing Liberty quarter was a 25-cent coin struck by the United
States Mint from 1916 to 1930. It succeeded the Barber quarter, which
had been minted since 1892. Featuring the goddess of Liberty on one side
and an eagle in flight on the other, the coin was designed by sculptor
Hermon Atkins MacNeil. In 1915, he submitted a design that showed
Liberty on guard against attacks. The Mint required modifications, and
his revised version included dolphins to represent the oceans. In late
1916, Mint officials made major changes, but MacNeil was allowed to
create a new design, which included a chain mail vest covering Liberty’s
formerly bare breast. In circulation, the coin’s date wore away quickly,
and Mint engravers modified the design to address the issue in 1925. The
Standing Liberty quarter was discontinued in 1931, a year in which no
quarters were struck. The Washington quarter was introduced the next
year to celebrate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Carl Linnaeus published his Species Plantarum, which, with his
earlier work Systema Naturae, is considered the beginning of modern
botanical nomenclature.


War of the Pyrenees: France regained nearly all the land it
lost to Spain the previous year with its victory in the Second Battle of


Moses Fleetwood Walker, the last African American in Major
League Baseball until Jackie Robinson, played his first game for the
Toledo Blue Stockings.


Argentine President Juan Perón expelled the Montoneros from a
demonstration in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, forcing the group to
become clandestine and later a target of the Dirty War.


Labor groups in the Philippines established the Bagong
Alyansang Makabayan, a political coalition and communist front, in order
to challenge the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

prime cut:
1. A top-quality serving of meat.
2. (by extension) Something that represents the best quality in its class.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Under oak, ash and thorn My soul was born. Under thorn, oak and
ash My body bent to the lash.  
–Elinor Wylie

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