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A quarter dollar, commonly shortened to quarter, is a coin worth
¼ of a United States dollar, or 25 cents. The quarter has
been produced since 1796. The choice of 25¢ as a denomination,
as opposed to 20¢ which is more common in other parts of the
world, originated with the practice of dividing Spanish Milled Dollars
into eight wedge shaped segments. At one time "two bits",
i.e. two pieces of eight, was a common nickname for a quarter, as
in the jingle "Shave and a Haircut (Two Bits)", and the
sports cheer "Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar ... all
for (player's name), stand up and holler!"
a list of Washington Quarter coins, see: Washington Quarter
obverse prior to the State Quarter Program
The reverse prior to the State Quarter Program
current clad version is nickel plated copper (8.33% Ni with the
remainder Cu), weighs 5.670 grams (0.2000 avoirdupois oz, 0.1823
troy oz), diameter 0.955 inches (24.26 mm), width 1.75 millimeters
(0.069 in) with a reeded edge. Owing to the introduction of the
clad quarter in 1965, it was occasionally called a "Johnson
Sandwich" after Lyndon B. Johnson, the U.S. President at the
time. It currently costs 7.33 cents to produce each coin (as of
2004). Before 1965, quarters contained 90% silver, 10% copper. The
U.S. Mint began producing silver quarters again in 1992 for inclusion
in the annual Silver Proof set. Early quarters (before 1828) were
slightly larger in diameter and thinner than the current coin.
current regular issue coin is the George Washington quarter (showing
George Washington) on the front. The reverse featured an eagle prior
to the 1999 50 State Quarters Program. The Washington quarter was
designed by John Flanagan. It was initially issued as a circulating
commemorative, but was made a regular issue coin in 1934.
In 1999, the 50 State Quarters program of circulating
commemorative quarters began; these have a modified Washington obverse
and a different reverse for each state, ending the former Washington
quarter's production completely. On January 23, 2007, the House
of Representatives passed H.R. 392 extending the state quarter program
one year to 2009, to include the District of Columbia and the five
U.S. territories large enough to merit non-voting Congressional
representatives: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States
Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The bill passed through the Senate and was signed into legislation
by President Bush on December 27, 2007. The typeface used in the
state quarter series varies a bit from one state to another, but
is generally derived from Albertus.
June 4, 2008, a bill titled Americas Beautiful National Parks Quarter
Dollar Coin Act of 2008 was introduced to the House of Representatives.
On December 23, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the bill into
law and a new, 12-year series of quarters will begin in 2010.
Quarters Draped Bust, Small Eagle Reverse (All are rare) 1796
Quarters Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse (Rare date: 1804)
Bust Quarters Capped Bust (Rare dates: 1823,1827) 1815-1838 $20.00-$100.00
Quarters (Rare dates: 1849-O, 1860-S, 1864-S, 1866-1869, 1870-CC,
1871-CC, 1871-S, 1872-CC, 1872-S, 1873-CC, 1879-1889; Many scarce
dates) 1838-1891 $5.00-$40.00 $150.00-$400.00
Quarters (Rare dates: 1896-S, 1901-S, 1913-S; Scarce dates: 1892-S,
1897-O, 1899-S, 1901-O, 1902-S, 1903-S, 1908-S, 1909-O, 1913,
1914-S) 1892-1916 $5.00-$15.00 $100.00-$200.00
Liberty Quarters (Rare dates: 1916, 1923-S; Scarce dates: 1917-1924)
1916-1930 $4.00-$10.00 $75.00-$175.00
Quarters Silver (Scarce dates: 1932-D, 1932-S) 1932-1964 $4.00-$6.00
Washington Quarters Clad (No rare dates) 1965-Present Face Value
Washington Quarters Bicentennial (Dated 1776-1976)
(Common date) 1975-1976 Face Value Face Value
of designs: Silver quarters
Draped Bust, Small Eagle 1796
Bust, Heraldic Eagle 18041807
Bust (Large Size), With Motto 18151828
Bust (Small Size), No Motto 18311838
Liberty 1838-1891 Seated Liberty, No Motto 18381865
Liberty, With Motto 18661891
Liberty (Type 1) 19161917
Liberty (Type 2) 19171930
Quarter 19321964, 19921998 (Proof Only)
Bicentennial 19751976 (all were dated 1776-1976) (40% Silver-clad
Proof, not intended for circulation)
statehood 19992008 (Proof Only)
District of Columbia and U.S. territories 2009 (Proof Only)
Quarter 19651974, 19771998
Bicentennial 19751976 (all were dated 1776-1976).
Washington statehood 19992008
District of Columbia and U.S. territories 2009
Washington America the Beautiful Quarters 2010-2021
silver quarters weigh 6.25 grams and are composed of 90% silver,
10% copper, with a total silver weight of .18084 oz pure silver.
They were issued from 1932 through 1964.
current rarities for the Washington Quarter silver series are:
Mintmarks are D = Denver, S = San Francisco. Coins without mintmarks
are all made at the main Mint in Philadelphia. This listing is for
Business strikes, not Proofs.
* 1932 S
* 1934 - with Double Die Obverse (DDO)
* 1935 D
* 1936 D
* 1937 Die Holly (DH)
* 1937 S
* 1938 S
* 1939 S
* 1940 D
* 1942 D - with Double Die Obverse (DDO)
* 1942 D - with Double Die Reverse (DDR)
* 1943 - with Double Die ?
* 1943 S - with Double Die Obverse (DDO)
* 1950 D/S Over mintmark ( coin is a '50-D, with underlying S mintmark
* 1950 S/D Over mintmark ( coin is a '50-S, with underlying D mintmark
* 1955 D
1940 Denver Mint, 1936 Denver mint and the 1935 Denver Mint coins,
as well as many others in the series, are considerably more valuable
than other coins. This is not due to their mintages, but rather
because they are harder to find in high grades. Many of these coins
are worth only melt value in low grades. Other coins in the above
list are expensive because of their extremely low mintages, such
as the 1932 Denver and San Francisco issues. The overstruck mintmark
issues are also scarce and expensive, especially in the higher grades;
even so they may not have the same popularity as overdates found
in pre-Washington quarter series.
1934 Philadelphia strike appears in two versions: one with a light
motto [for "In God We Trust"], which is the same as that
used on the 1932 strikings, and the other a heavy motto seen after
the dies were reworked. Except in the highest grades, the difference
in value between the two is minor.
Silver Series of Washington Quarters spans from 1932 to 1964; during
many years in the series it will appear that certain mints did not
mint Washington Quarters for that year. No known examples of quarters
were made in 1933, San Francisco abstained in 1934 and 1949, and
stopped after 1955, until it resumed in 1968 by way of making proofs.
Denver did not make quarters in 1938, and Philadelphia never stopped,
except in 1933. Proof examples from 1936 to 1942 and 1950 to 1967
were struck at the Philadelphia Mint; in 1968 proof production was
shifted to the San Francisco Mint.
mint mark on the coin is located on the reverse beneath the wreath
on which the eagle is perched, and will either carry the mint mark
"D" for the Denver Mint, "S" for the San Francisco
mint, or be blank if minted at the Philadelphia Mint.
copper-nickel clad series of Washington Quarters started in 1965,
and as part of the switch Denver and San Francisco did not stamp
their mint marks from 1965 to 1967 in any denomination. The switch
from silver to copper-nickel clad occurred because the federal government
was losing money because the silver value of U.S. coins had exceeded
their face value and were being melted down by individuals for profit.
For the first three years of clad production, in lieu of proof sets,
specimen sets were specially sold as "Special Mint Sets"
minted at the San Francisco mint in 1965, 1966, and 1967 (Deep Cameo
versions of these spectacular coins are highly valued because of
there are few examples in the clad series that are valued as highly
as the silver series but there are certain extraordinary dates or
variations. The Deep Cameo versions of proofs from 1965 to 1971
and 1981 Type Two are highly valued because of their scarcity, high
grade examples of quarters from certain years of the 1980s (such
as 1981-1986) because of scarcity in high grades due to high circulation
and in 1982 and 1983 no mint sets were produced making it harder
to find mint state examples, and any coin from 1981-1994 graded
in MS67 is worth upwards of $1000.
mint mark on the coin is located on the obverse at the bottom right
hemisphere under the supposed date. In 1965-1967 cupro-nickel coins
bore no mint mark; quarters minted in 1968-1979 were stamped with
a "D" for the Denver mint, an "S" for the San
Francisco mint (proof coins only), or blank for Philadelphia. Starting
in 1980, the Philadelphia mint was allowed to add its mint mark
to all coins except the one-cent piece. Twenty-five-cent pieces
minted from 1980 onwards are stamped with "P" for the
Philadelphia mint, "D" for the Denver mint, or "S"
for San Francisco mint (proof coins only).