WASHINGTON QUARTERS

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Average Circulated

                 Date      Inv #    Price         Date      Inv #    Price
                 1932      07537    14.95         1947s     07579    12.50
                 1932d     07538   209.95         1948      07580    12.50
                 1932s     07539   209.95         1948d     07581    12.50
                 1934      07540    14.95         1948s     07582    12.50
                 1934d     07541    19.95         1949      07583    12.50
                 1935      07542    14.95         1949d     07584    12.50
                 1935d     07543    17.50         1950      07585    12.50
                 1935s     07544    14.95         1950d     07586    12.50
                 1936      07545    14.95         1950s     07587    12.50
                 1936d     07546    17.50         1951      07588    12.50
                 1936s     07547    14.95         1951d     07589    12.50
                 1937      07548    14.95         1951s     07590    12.50
                 1937d     07549    14.95         1952      07591    12.50
                 1937s     07550    14.95         1952d     07592    12.50
                 1938      07551    14.95         1952s     07593    12.50
                 1938s     07552    14.95         1953      07594    12.50
                 1939      07553    14.95         1953d     07595    12.50
                 1939d     07554    14.95         1953s     07596    12.50
                 1939s     07555    14.95         1954      07597    12.50
                 1940      07556    14.95         1954d     07598    12.50
                 1940d     07557    14.95         1954s     07599    12.50
                 1940s     07558    14.95         1955      07675    12.50
                 1941      07559    12.50         1955d     07676    12.50
                 1941d     07560    12.50         1956      07677    12.50
                 1941s     07561    12.50         1956d     07678    12.50
                 1942      07562    12.50         1957      07679    12.50
                 1942d     07563    12.50         1957d     07680    12.50
                 1942s     07564    12.50         1958      07681    12.50
                 1943      07565    12.50         1958d     07682    12.50
                 1943d     07566    12.50         1959      07683    12.50
                 1943s     07567    12.50         1959d     07684    12.50
                 1944      07568    12.50         1960      07685    12.50
                 1944d     07569    12.50         1960d     07686    12.50
                 1944s     07570    12.50         1961      07687    12.50
                 1945      07571    12.50         1961d     07688    12.50
                 1945d     07572    12.50         1962      07689    12.50
                 1945s     07573    12.50         1962d     07690    12.50
                 1946      07574    12.50         1963      07691    12.50
                 1946d     07575    12.50         1963d     07692    12.50
                 1946s     07576    12.50         1964      07693    12.50
                 1947      07577    12.50         1964d     07694    12.50
                 1947d     07578    12.50        

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The History of the Washington Quarter (1932-1998):

The first Washington Quarter was issued in 1932 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth. The obverse depicts the bust of Washington. The reverse design is that of a perched eagle with wings spread.

The Washington Quarter was designed by New York sculptor, John Flanagan. His initials 'JF' appear at the truncation of Washington's neck.

From 1932 to 1964, the Washington Quarter was composed of 90% Silver and 10% Copper. Since pure silver is very soft, copper was added to all circulating silver coins to harden them and prevent excessive wear. These 90% Silver Washington Quarters had a weight of 6.25 grams, a diameter of 24.3 mm, a reeded edge. The edges of most silver coins were reeded to make evident any attempt to shave silver off the coin.

In 1965 the composition was changed to a 75% Copper and 25% Nickel outer shell bonded to a pure copper middle. The weight of these clad quarters is slightly less at 5.67 grams. This composition is still used today for circulating issues. All Washington Quarters have a diameter of 24.3 mm. The edges of the clad piece are still reeded for traditions' sake.

In 1975 and 1976, the design was changed in recognition of the United States Bicentennial. The obverse design was unchanged except for the dual date "1776-1976" while the reverse was entirely new. The new reverse design was the of a Colonial Drummer facing left with a victory torch encircled by thirteen stars to represent the original colonies. The new design was the work of Jack L. Ahr, who won the Treasury's open contest in 1973 for the honor.

The composition, weight, and diameter of the Bicentennial Quarters issued for general circulation were the same as the 1965 clad type. The U.S. Treasury did strike some Bicentennial Quarters in 40% Silver and offered them for sale, at a premium, to collectors in both Proof Sets and Uncirculated Sets consisting of the Bicentennial Quarter, Half, and Dollar. The 40% Silver Bicentennial Washington Quarter was composed of outer layers of 80% Silver and 20% Copper bonded to an inner core of 20.9% Silver and 79.1% Copper. The resulting silver purity was 39.97% (they call it 40%) and the weight was 5.75 grams.

All quarters minted in these two years are dated "1776-1976" therefore no quarters ever bore the date 1975! The regular design was resumed in 1977 and continued until 1998.

The Washington Quarter was struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.

Beginning in 1999, a new quarter type is being issued:

The Statehood Quarter.


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

Average Circulated: A typical circulated coin from the period. All major features are easily identifiable. Date and mint mark are clear and readable.

BU (Brilliant Uncirculated): A strictly uncirculated coin with attractive mint luster but noticeable detracting contact marks or minor blemishes.

P (Philadelphia): The 'P' mint mark, used from 1980 to 1998, is located on the obverse, to the right of the ribbon in Washington's hair.*

D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark, from 1932 to 1967 is located on the reverse below the crossed branches and above the second "R" in "Quarter". From 1968-1998, it is located on on the obverse, to the right of the ribbon in Washington's hair.

S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark, from 1932 to 1967 is located on the reverse below the crossed branches and above the second "R" in "Quarter". From 1968-1998, it is located on on the obverse, to the right of the ribbon in Washington's hair.

* Note: Washington Quarters struck in Philadelphia prior to 1980 bear no mint mark.


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