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17 Nov 2021

The history of the washington quarter

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The history of the washington quarter

In this blog I will discuss the history of the Washington quarter. In 1932 the washington quarter started being minted. This coin was a twenty five cent peace. This coin was developed because of Washington's birth bicentennial. It was developed to replace the standing liberty quarter which was the coin before the Washington quarter. The designer was John flanagan. Something to look out for is the 1932-s Washington quarter dollar. It's rare because the San Francisco mint did not receive the dies intime so a low number of coins were minted there. Up until 1964 the design of the Washington quarter dollar did not change until the US mint decided to change all coins from 90% silver to nickel copper clad. With the exception of the Kennedy half dollar which changed from 90% silver to 40% silver. This makes any coin from 1964 and below more valuable than face because of the silver content. In 1976 the United States Mint decided to mint the bicentennial quarter dollar to commemorate the bicentennial founding of this country. The designers name was Laura guarden fraser wife of james earle fraser who designed the buffalo nickel. This design has Washington's head on the obverse and the drummer boy as it's called on the obverse. This was a good design but is not valued at that much even though some new numismatists think it valuable because it's a desingen they have not seen before. I have fallen for that before and I think almost every collector has before also. After 1976 the design of the Washington quarter dollar went back to its original design. In 1999 the design of the Washington quarter dollar changed to the state and territory designs that included the mint mark and Washington's head on the obverse and the state/territory with the year on the reverse. The neat thing about these coins is that you could find your state and they were highly collectable. They were composed of copper nickel clad designs like the post 1965 and above quarter dollars. These coins were not silver but you could buy them in silver in a silver proof set. After the state design ended in 2009 the America beautiful quarter dollars were starting to be minted. The early designs were not minted in big numbers up until 2016 when the america the beautiful series designed coins started to be minted in large quantities. In 2019 the west point mint started to make west point quarter dollars for circulation which started the great american coin hunt. These west point quarters are extremely collectable and rare. And in 2020 they put a v75 privy mark on the west point coins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-day



Level 6

Nice blog and interesting subject! Thanks for the information! ; )


Level 6

Good job. Thanks

How much are the W quarters worth? Around $30, right?


Level 5

I wouldn’t say that much. An MS-65 specimen can catch around $30, graded or not. If it’s lower than that, well, it isn’t really worth selling, as you won’t get much for it. MS specimens lower than 65 go for in the ballpark of $25 range.

Tyler Heldt

Level 3

yea and $60 if its graded


Level 5

Nice history lesson on the Washington quarter. Thanks

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Level 6

Great blog and interesting theme, those are great line, whashinton' s coins used to be my first coins when I was younger.


Level 7

Good blog. The bicentennial set was designed by three regular citizens. The mint has a contest and they won 5000.00 dollars each.They went back to silver proof with the America the beautiful quarters . Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it!!

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