The Coin Look - Counterfeit Detection - 1916 Standing Liberty QuarterThe 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter is often seen with no-date. Although the date is worn, it is still possible to differentiate between the 1916 and 1917 Type-One Quarters with no date.
Type-one meaning a bare-breast on Liberty and no stars underneath the eagle on the reverse. Part way through production in 1917, they covered up Miss Liberty and put 3 stars underneath the eagle on the reverse.
Therefore if you have a dateless Standing Liberty Quarter (which happens frequently), and has stars underneath the eagle, it cannot be a 1916.
If it does not have stars, we know for sure it is a type-one, meaning a 1916 or 1917. Even a dateless 1916 is still generally worth over $1,000, so it's worth knowing what to look for.
The 1916 has two main focal point to tell it apart from a 1917.
The first being Liberty's head. It is one distinct curl, and one curl barely visible, even on mint-state examples.
The second would be the gown near the feet. On a 1916, the gown connects at the foot.
Aside from the obvious date, you can tell this coin is a 1917 by the second hair curl, as well as the gown at the foot curls upwards, versus going in to the foot.