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Since the United States Mint issued the Standing Liberty quarter for less than 25 years, it required an act of Congress to approve the new design. The work was initially commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington.
John Flanagan, a sculptor from New York, submitted a design that the Treasury Department chose from nearly 100 models presented from a contest. The date is along the bottom and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on two lines to the left of Washington.
The reverse depicts an eagle holding a bundle of arrows with two olive branches. United STATES OF AMERICA appears above with the motto E PARIBUS UNM.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary (Bicentennial) of the signing of The Declaration of Independence, an exclusive design was created for the reverse of the coin. Assembling a complete set of Washington quarters by date and mint mark requires a total of 147 coins.
The intermediate collector will assemble a collection of circulated coins beginning with the 1932 issues. The advanced collector will strive to assemble a complete collection of circulated examples beginning with the 1932 coins.
If the advanced collector is still looking for a challenge, he can also add die varieties and Washington Quarter mint errors to his collection. However, the circulated coins listed above may require some searching across several dealers or online to find the date and grade that you are looking for at the price you are willing to pay.
Look for a good strike and beautiful eye appeal when selecting specimens for your collection. The intermediate and advanced collectors will endeavor to find coins that are well struck and have minimal bag marks on them.
You can tell if a coin is well struck by looking at the reverse side and inspecting the feathers on the eagle's breast. Advanced collectors may also want to add proof issues to their Washington quarter collection.
Proof coins were struck beginning in 1936 and continuing through 1942 when production ended because of World War II. Being produced for more than 67 years the Mint has had ample opportunity for several key dates and varieties to be made.
Also, the word LIBERTY shows signs of doubling as indicated in the photo. We hate to be a buzzkill, but those quarters you used to avoid breaking a dollar bill could be a worth way more than 25 cents.
Before you spend another penny, check your wallet or coin jar for one of these rare quarters. Budding collectors and profiteers alike, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the 1970-S Proof Washington quarter.
They can tell you whether you have the real thing, and depending on the coin’s condition, it can bring in a few thousand bucks. Of course, it will take some effort to track them down, but there are actually several quarters worth money out there just waiting to be found.
U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber designed the Liberty Headquarter in 1892. While most of these silver quarters are considered relatively common (in terms of how many were actually made), they really haven’t been seen in pocket change since the early 1960s.
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you find the most valuable quarters in circulation and in collections: I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century.
I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I’m also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint).
Listed below are the US Quarters along with an image and a short description. Designed by Robert Scot, the first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint (1793-1823), these US Quarters had a weight of 6.74 grams and a diameter of 24.3 mm.
The mint mark is located on the reverse below the eagle. You can find his initial, 'B', at the truncation of the neck of LIBERTY.
The Standing Liberty Quarter has two varieties and was produced at Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. Washington Quarter click to enlarge It was designed by a New York sculptor by the name of John Flanagan.
His initials OF can be found at the base of Washington's neck. With a diameter of 24.3 mm and a needed edge, these early silver quarters were minted in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
Washington quarters dated 1965 to date are clad coinage with an outer layer of 75% copper and 25% nickel and an inner core of pure copper. They weigh 5.67 grams with a diameter of 24.3 mm and a needed edge.
The designer of the reverse of the Bicentennial Quarter was Jack L. AHR who won a contest put on by the U.S. Treasury Department. As the winner of the design for the bicentennial quarter, Mr. AHR received $5000.
The forerunner of today's Commemorative, it was originally issued for the 200th anniversary of Washington's birthday. It is the inspiration of the new State Program, and has the 1932 D & S as the key coins.
All coins below are of 90% silver content and getting scarcer because of the new quarters. All coins in good to circulated condition according to industry standards.
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