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(1932-1998) Washington Quarter Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: First released to the public in 1932, skipping year 1933, and then back into circulation from 1934-1998, the Washington Quarter design is perhaps one of the most recognizable coin designs in the entire world. Before 1965, the quarter contained 90% silver and 10% copper. From 1965 onward, the quarters contain about 8% nickel and about 92% copper, with most of the copper concentrated toward the center of the quarter. The Washington Quarter replaced the Standing Liberty Quarter.

The obverse of the Washington Quarter features a bust of the first president of the United States, George Washington. The words “IN GOD WE TRUST” are inscribed to the left of the silhouette of Washington, and the word “LIBERTY” is boldly pronounced atop Washington.  The mint year is located beneath Washington’s bust.

The reverse of the Washington Quarter was circulated from 1932 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1998, and features a majestic bald eagle with outspread wings. It includes the familiar phrase “E Pluribus Unum,” or translated from Latin, “Out of many, One.” 

A special bicentennial version of the Washington Quarter was produced in 1975 and 1976, all of which included the date 1776 - 1976 imprinted on the coins.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Washington Quarter coin?  It all depends on a few important factors. The Washington quarter coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) whether it is a silver version, (4) the mint (P for Philadelphia, S for San Francisco, and D for Denver), and (5) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Washington Quarter coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Washington Quarter coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

Washington Quarter Coin Mint Years: 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Washington Quarter - Obverse

Washington Quarter - Reverse

Obverse - Washington Quarter Coin

Designer: John Flanagan

Reverse - Washington Quarter Coin

Designer: John Flanagan

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    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first president of the United States, George Washington, the United States Government organized a contest and requested submissions of designs.  Ultimately, in 1931, after some wrangling between the Commission of Fine Arts and the Treasury Secretary, the design produced by John Flanagan was selected by Treasury Secretary Ogden Mills, having been authorized by Congress to replace the quarter design.  The new George Washington quarter was officially released into circulation on August 1st, 1932. 

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