Quarter dollar 1998

Quarter dollar 1998 DEFAULT

¼ Dollar "Washington Quarter"

¼ Dollar "Washington Quarter" -  obverse¼ Dollar "Washington Quarter" -  reverse

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Features

IssuerUnited States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1965-1998
Value1/4 Dollar = 25 Cents
0.25 USD = UAH 6.60
CurrencyDollar (1785-date)
CompositionCopper-nickel clad copper
Weight5.67 g
Diameter24.26 mm
Thickness1.75 mm
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin alignment ↑↓
NumberN# 55

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ReferencesKM# 164a, Schön# 168a, KM# A164a

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of George Washington, the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797, is accompanied with the motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" and surrounded with the lettering: "LIBERTY"

NOTE: KM#164a reprised after 1977 as KM#A164a

Lettering:
LIBERTY
IN GOD WE TRUST
JF
1998

Engraver:John Flanagan

Reverse

An eagle, wings spread, and standing on a shaft of arrows with two olive sprays beneath the eagle, is surrounded with the face value, the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and the lettering "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS
UNUM

QUARTER DOLLAR

Translation:
United States of America
Out of Many
One

Engraver:John Flanagan

Edge

Reeded (119 reeds)

¼ Dollar "Washington Quarter" -  obverse

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Mints

Comments

This coin can be found with three mint-marks, which are seen behind Washington's hair: D for Denver, P for Philadelphia, and S for San Francisco. If it has no mint-mark, then it was made at Philadelphia.

"Type II" proofs have clearer mint-marks than "Type I".

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DateMintageGVGFVFXFAUUNCFrequency
Undetermined
1965 1 819 717 5406.436.437.659.1812213138%
1965 2 300 000571.4%
1966 821 101 5006.736.126.731117182124%
1966 2 200 000571.5%
1967 1 524 031 8486.736.436.738.889.80145532%
1967 1 800 000761.3%
1968 220 731 5006.126.739.80172113%
1968 D101 534 0006.437.047.0412217%
1968 S3 041 506432.0%
1969 176 212 0006.736.7310312511%
1969 D114 372 0006.736.737.049.8014408%
1969 S2 934 631542%
1970 136 420 0006.127.657.35312611%
1970 D417 341 3646.127.657.65312714%
1970 S2 632 810411.8%
1971 109 284 000107.657.65136.73479%
1971 D258 634 4287.047.047.659.802111%
1971 S3 220 733522%
1972 215 048 0006.437.659.18316.432112%
1972 D311 067 7326.436.127.047.659.806.432113%
1972 S3 260 996431.9%
1973 346 924 0006.736.437.359.18142115%
1973 D232 977 4006.436.437.35312110%
1973 S2 760 339481.9%
1974 801 456 0006.436.436.437.65186.732122%
1974 D353 160 3005.516.437.6513142512%
1974 S2 612 568491.9%
1977 468 556 0006.436.127.357.969.80131817%
1977 D256 524 9786.436.737.04132110%
1977 S3 251 152402%
1978 521 452 0006.436.436.127.65202117%
1978 D287 373 1526.126.437.35206.732110%
1978 S3 127 781322%
1979 515 708 0006.437.047.65162118%
1979 D489 789 7805.826.127.0413122113%
1979 S552.0%
1979 S810.7%
1980 D518 327 4876.437.047.65132116%
1980 P635 832 0006.436.126.737.659.182117%
1980 S3 554 806282%
1981 D575 722 8336.126.737.96292016%
1981 P601 716 0006.436.436.437.04121916%
1981 S511.7%
1981 S810.9%
1982 D480 042 7886.437.657.65311415114%
1982 P500 931 0006.436.737.04126.433115%
1982 S3 857 479552%
1983 D617 806 4466.436.437.657.041116%
1983 P673 535 0006.736.436.437.65135917%
1983 S3 279 126642.0%
1984 D546 483 0646.126.737.04132315%
1984 P676 545 0006.437.657.049.802417%
1984 S3 065 110441.7%
1985 D519 962 8886.436.436.127.049.802114%
1985 P775 818 9624.296.437.357.359.182518%
1985 S3 362 821401.9%
1986 D504 298 6606.737.047.047.359.807.042514%
1986 P551 199 3336.126.437.049.802615%
1986 S3 010 497511.8%
1987 D655 594 6966.126.437.047.656.432116%
1987 P582 499 481156.736.437.04182116%
1987 S4 227 728832.0%
1988 D596 810 6885.826.437.046.73132115%
1988 P562 052 0009.496.436.736.7315152115%
1988 S3 262 948541.7%
1989 D896 535 5977.047.357.04106.732118%
1989 P512 868 0006.127.047.356.73272114%
1989 S3 220 194511.7%
1990 D927 638 1816.736.736.127.657.967.652117%
1990 P613 792 0006.126.437.047.047.652014%
1990 S3 299 559901.6%
1991 D630 966 6936.126.437.657.657.049.182113%
1991 P570 968 0003.676.436.73136.732113%
1991 S2 867 787511.6%
1992 D389 777 1077.657.357.656.732111%
1992 P384 764 0006.736.436.436.433111%
1992 S2 858 981671.5%
1993 D645 476 1286.436.437.0419131813%
1993 P639 276 0005.826.437.048.26131715%
1993 S2 633 439511.5%
1994 D880 034 1107.657.657.048.26202116%
1994 P825 600 0006.736.127.049.186.432117%
1994 S2 484 594701.3%
1995 D1 103 216 0006.437.657.048.26152517%
1995 P1 004 336 0006.436.437.049.186.432318%
1995 S2 010 384511.2%
1996 D906 868 0006.436.436.437.659.186.732115%
1996 P925 040 0006.436.126.126.439.187.652417%
1996 S1 750 244771.1%
1997 D599 680 0005.517.047.967.046.432612%
1997 P595 740 0003.676.437.047.046.432113%
1997 S1 975 000811.1%
1998 D821 000 0005.826.437.657.656.731814%
1998 P896 268 0004.296.736.737.047.356.731516%
1998 S2 086 507821.6%

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Grade and condition of a clad Washington Quarter greatly effects the value. So expect a circulated, cleaned, scratched or damaged example to be worth face value.

Washington Quarter Photo Grading Images

Copper-Nickel/Copper Clad Planchets (1965-Date)

Designer: John Flanagan

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal content:

Outer layers – 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Center – 100% Copper

Weight: 88 grains (5.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mint Mark: Is either D (Denver Mint), No Mint (Philadelphia Mint), S (San Francisco Mint). The P mint mark was added to the coin in 1980 until the present but not present on a coin dated earlier than 1980.

The mint mark is located on the back and just above the R in QUARTER from 1932 to 1964, and 1965 to 1967 no mint mark was on the coins. Beginning in 1968 the mint mark was moved to the front of the coin and just behind Washington’s hair tie.

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1998 Quarter Obverse1998 Quarter Reverse

Coin Dealer Insight: 1998 is the last year for the "standard" Washington quarter with the "heavy motto" profile obverse and the bald eagle reverse. In order to change the quarter and to create coins with collectible value, the U.S. Mint had a new series of Washington quarters ready to begin production in 1999. However, some 1.7 billion 1998 Washington quarters were struck between the Denver and Philadelphia mints, easily relegating them to "commonplace" status.

Value: Can usually be found and sold for somewhere between $0.26-$18.00 price dictated by condition, certification, and current demand. Other factors include location, inventory, and urgency of sale.

Estimated Value Based on Scale:

Mint:Denver

Production: 821,000,000 Washington Quarters were minted at the Denver mint in 1998.

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Quarter Dollar 1914 Barber9,554,610Liberty, Barber****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1914Quarter Dollar 1915 Barber7,878,450Liberty, Barber****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1915Quarter Dollar 1916 Barber8,328,800Liberty, Barber****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1916Quarter Dollar 1916 Standing Liberty52,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1916Quarter Dollar 1917 Standing Liberty37,857,600Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1917Quarter Dollar 1918 Standing Liberty32,692,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1918Quarter Dollar 1919 Standing Liberty15,104,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1919Quarter Dollar 1920 Standing Liberty37,826,400Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1920Quarter Dollar 1921 Standing Liberty1,916,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1921Quarter Dollar 1923 Standing Liberty11,076,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1923Quarter Dollar 1924 Standing Liberty16,892,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1924Quarter Dollar 1925 Standing Liberty12,280,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1925Quarter Dollar 1926 Standing Liberty15,732,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1926Quarter Dollar 1927 Standing Liberty13,284,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1927Quarter Dollar 1928 Standing Liberty10,607,600Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1928Quarter Dollar 1929 Standing Liberty14,262,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1929Quarter Dollar 1930 Standing Liberty7,188,000Standing Liberty by MacNeilLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRVST 1930Quarter Dollar 1932 Washington6,248,800George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1932Quarter Dollar 1934 Washington35,439,252George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1934Quarter Dollar 1935 Washington43,924,000George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1935Quarter Dollar 1936 Washington50,505,837George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1936Quarter Dollar 1937 Washington28,543,142George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1937Quarter Dollar 1938 Washington12,312,045George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1938Quarter Dollar 1939 Washington43,268,795George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1939Quarter Dollar 1940 Washington46,756,846George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1940Quarter Dollar 1941 Washington111,842,087George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1941Quarter Dollar 1942 Washington138,988,323George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1942Quarter Dollar 1943 Washington137,495,600George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1943Quarter Dollar 1944 Washington132,116,800George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1944Quarter Dollar 1945 Washington103,717,601George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1945Quarter Dollar 1946 Washington66,712,800George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1946Quarter Dollar 1947 Washington43,426,400George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1947Quarter Dollar 1948 Washington67,922,800George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1948Quarter Dollar 1949 Washington19,380,400George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1949Quarter Dollar 1950 Washington56,331,116George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1950Quarter Dollar 1951 Washington87,908,402George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1951Quarter Dollar 1952 Washington102,365,073George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1952Quarter Dollar 1953 Washington88,793,320George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1953Quarter Dollar 1954 Washington108,785,725George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1954Quarter Dollar 1955 Washington21,740,781George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1955Quarter Dollar 1956 Washington77,147,884George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1956Quarter Dollar 1957 Washington125,704,112George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1957Quarter Dollar 1958 Washington85,360,552George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1958Quarter Dollar 1959 Washington87,587,523George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1959Quarter Dollar 1960 Washington93,855,926George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1960Quarter Dollar 1961 Washington123,721,172George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1961Quarter Dollar 1962 Washington166,928,775George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1962Quarter Dollar 1963 Washington212,679,829George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1963Quarter Dollar 1964 Washington1,268,476,875George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1964Quarter Dollar 1965 Washington1,822,077,540George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1965Quarter Dollar 1966 Washington823,363,083George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1966Quarter Dollar 1967 Washington1,525,895,192George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1967Quarter Dollar 1968 Washington325,307,006George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1968Quarter Dollar 1969 Washington293,518,631George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1969Quarter Dollar 1970 Washington556,394,174George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1970Quarter Dollar 1971 Washington371,139,161George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1971Quarter Dollar 1972 Washington529,376,728George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1972Quarter Dollar 1973 Washington582,661,739George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1973Quarter Dollar 1974 Washington1,157,228,868George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1974Quarter Dollar 1976 Bicentennial1,674,052,585George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1776 - 1976Quarter Dollar 1977 Washington728,332,130George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1977Quarter Dollar 1978 Washington811,952,933George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1978Quarter Dollar 1979 Washington1,009,174,955George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1979Quarter Dollar 1980 Washington1,157,714,293George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1980Quarter Dollar 1981 Washington1,181,501,916George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1981Quarter Dollar 1982 Washington984,831,267George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1982Quarter Dollar 1983 Washington1,294,620,572George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1983Quarter Dollar 1984 Washington1,226,093,174George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1984Quarter Dollar 1985 Washington1,299,144,671George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1985Quarter Dollar 1986 Washington1,058,508,490George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1986Quarter Dollar 1987 Washington1,242,321,905George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1987Quarter Dollar 1988 Washington1,162,125,636George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1988Quarter Dollar 1989 Washington1,412,623,791George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1989Quarter Dollar 1990 Washington1,544,729,740George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1990Quarter Dollar 1991 Washington1,204,802,480George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1991Quarter Dollar 1992 Washington777,400,088George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1992Quarter Dollar 1993 Washington1,287,385,567George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1993Quarter Dollar 1994 Washington1,708,118,704George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1994Quarter Dollar 1995 Washington2,109,669,496George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1995Quarter Dollar 1996 Washington1,833,658,244George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1996Quarter Dollar 1997 Washington1,197,475,000George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1997Quarter Dollar 1998 Washington1,719,354,507George WashingtonLIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1998Quarter Dollar 1999 Delaware778,537,359George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 1999 Pennsylvania711,045,359George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 1999 New Jersey665,941,359George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 1999 Georgia943,645,359George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 1999 Connecticut1,350,337,359George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2000 Massachusetts1,167,862,747George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2000 Maryland1,238,810,747George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2000 South Carolina1,312,862,747George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2000 New Hampshire1,173,094,747George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2000 Virginia1,598,694,747George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2001 New York1,278,134,140George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2001 North Carolina1,058,570,140George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2001 Rhode Island873,194,140George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2001 Vermont885,898,140George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2001 Kentucky726,658,140George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2002 Tennessee651,152,245George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2002 Ohio635,116,245George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLARQuarter Dollar 2002 Louisiana767,288,245George WashingtonUNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLAR

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1998 quarter dollar

Washington quarter

US 25-cent coin minted since 1932

Value25 cents (0.25 US dollars)
Mass(pre-2019 silver) 6.25 g, (silver beginning in 2019) 6.34 g, (clad) 5.67 g, (silver clad) 5.75 g
Diameter24.3 mm
Edgereeded
Orientationcoin (180°)
Composition1932–1964, as well as silver issues dated 1992 to 2018: .900 silver, .100 copper. Circulation strikes since 1965: .750 copper, .250 nickel, clad to pure copper core. Bicentennial silver clad coins: .800 silver, .200 copper bonded to a core of .210 silver, .790 copper (overall, .400 silver). Silver issues beginning in 2019: .999 silver, .001 other.
SilverAll coins issued for circulation since 1965 contain no silver. For .900 silver issues: 0.18084 troy oz. For Bicentennial silver collector's issue: 0.0739 troy oz. For .999 silver issues (starting in 2019): 0.2039 troy oz
Years of minting1932, 1934–present
Mint marksD, S, P, W (no mint marks used 1965 to 1967; "P" mint mark omitted on Philadelphia Mint issues before 1980). Found under the intersection of the branches on the reverse until 1964, later issues on lower part of obverse to the right of Washington's neck.
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DesignBust of George Washington
DesignerJohn Flanagan (1932 version) from a 1786 design by Houdon
Design date1931
Design used1932, 1934–1998, 2021
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DesignSmaller, modified bust (left)
Smaller, original bust (right)
DesignerWilliam Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design) (left)
John Flanagan (right)
Design date1999 (left)
2010 (right)
Design used1999–2009 (left)
2010–2021 (right)
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DesignEagle
DesignerJohn Flanagan
Design date1931
Design used1932, 1934–1974, 1977–1998
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DesignWashington crossing the Delaware River in 1776
DesignerBenjamin Sowards, sculpted by Michael Gaudioso
Design date2020
Design used2021
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DesignVarious commemorative designs (latest shown)
DesignerVarious
Design used1975–1976, 1999–2021

The Washington quarter is the present quarter dollar or 25-cent piece issued by the United States Mint. The coin was first struck in 1932; the original version was designed by sculptor John Flanagan.

As the United States prepared to celebrate the 1932 bicentennial of the birth of its first president, George Washington, members of the bicentennial committee established by Congress sought a Washington half dollar. They wanted to displace for that year only the regular issue Walking Liberty half dollar; instead Congress permanently replaced the Standing Liberty quarter, requiring that a depiction of Washington appear on the obverse of the new coin. The committee had engaged sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser to design a commemorative medal, and wanted her to adapt her design for the quarter. Although Fraser's work was supported by the Commission of Fine Arts and its chairman, Charles W. Moore, Treasury SecretaryAndrew W. Mellon chose a design by Flanagan, and Mellon's successor, Ogden L. Mills, refused to disturb the decision.

The new silver quarters entered circulation on August 1, 1932, and continued to be struck in silver until the Mint transitioned to copper-nickel clad coinage in 1965. A special reverse commemorating the United States Bicentennial was used in 1975 and 1976, with all pieces bearing the double date 1776–1976; there are no 1975-dated quarters. Since 1999, the original eagle reverse has not been used; instead that side of the quarter has commemorated the 50 states, the nation's other jurisdictions, and historic and natural sites—the last as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters series, which continued until 2021. The bust of Washington was modified and made smaller beginning in 1999; in 2010 the original bust was restored (though still small) to bring out greater detail. In 2021, Flanagan's original design resumed its place on the obverse, with a design showing Washington crossing the Delaware River in 1776 for the reverse, while in 2022 a new commemorative series depicting women will commence.

Inception[edit]

On December 2, 1924, Congress created the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Washington, the first president of the United States, would occur in 1932, and Congress wished to plan for the event well in advance. President Calvin Coolidge was ex officio chairman of the commission, which included government officials as well as prominent private citizens such as automobile manufacturer Henry Ford. In 1929, the Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, succeeded Coolidge both as president and in his commission role. By that time, however, the commission had become inactive, doing little after sending out an initial flurry of press releases. A new group, the George Washington Bicentennial Committee was established by Act of Congress in February 1930.

Hoover was concerned about the large numbers of designs used for commemorative coins in the 1920s; he feared that confusion would aid counterfeiters. When a commemorative coin bill was sent to him by Congress, Hoover vetoed it on April 21, 1930. In a lengthy veto message delivered to Congress with the returned bill, Hoover noted his counterfeiting concerns, and stated that the coins were selling badly anyway—large quantities of Oregon Trail Memorial half dollars remained unsold.

The Bicentennial Committee wanted a commemorative Washington half dollar, and sought to assuage Hoover's concerns by proposing that all 1932 half dollars depict Washington instead of bearing the usual Walking Liberty design. The Depression had decreased demand for coin in commerce; no half dollars had been struck in 1930, and none would be until 1933. Most commemorative coins at the time were struck in a quantity of a few thousand. The half dollar was seen as the largest and most prominent design—the Peace dollar was not then being struck and did not circulate in much of the country. Other commemoratives had been sold at a premium; the Washington half dollar would, for one year, be the normal Mint issue. Although it had not yet received congressional approval, the committee went ahead and began a competition. The committee anticipated that the same artist would first design the committee's medal and then the coin. The obverse of both medal and coin were to be based on the well-known sculpture of Washington (1786) by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon; the artist was not restricted as to the reverse design. By law, coinage designs were approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, at that time Andrew W. Mellon, a noted art collector and connoisseur; it was anticipated he would interpose no objection to the plan.

Laura Gardin Fraser's design for the quarter was used on a 1999 commemorative half eagle.

After reviewing the entries, both the Bicentennial Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) agreed on designs by Laura Gardin Fraser. The wife of James Earle Fraser, designer of the Buffalo nickel, Laura Fraser was a notable coin designer in her own right, having designed several commemorative coins, including the Oregon Trail Memorial pieces. With a right-facing Washington, Fraser's designs were to be used for the medal, and, as those involved expected, the half dollar as well.

On February 9, 1931, New Jersey Representative Randolph Perkins introduced legislation for a Washington quarter, to the dismay of the Bicentennial Committee and Fine Arts Commission. The House of Representatives Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures issued a memorandum stating that the design of the existing Standing Liberty quarter had been found to be unsatisfactory, and that the new piece would not only be struck for 1932, it would permanently replace the older design. Thus, a new quarter would both be a tribute to Washington on his bicentennial, and relieve the Mint of the burden of having to coin a difficult-to-strike piece. On February 12, Fine Arts Commission Chairman Charles W. Moore wrote to the House Committee, objecting to the change of denomination, and proposing that they mandate that Laura Fraser's design for the medal also appear on the coin. Moore was ignored, and Congress passed authorizing legislation for a Washington quarter on March 4, 1931. The act provided that Washington's image, to appear on the obverse, was to be based on the "celebrated bust" of the former president by Jean-Antoine Houdon; Fraser had based her design on Houdon's work.

Competitions[edit]

On July 14, 1931, Assistant Mint Director Mary Margaret O'Reilly wrote to Moore, asking the Commission's advice on a design competition for the new quarter. Moore replied, stating that as Fraser had won the competition for the medal, she should adapt her design for the quarter. Secretary Mellon responded to Moore, stating that as the Treasury had been no party to the earlier design agreement, it was not bound by it, and would not follow it. The Treasury proceeded to hold a design competition, and when the Fine Arts Commission met to consider the submitted designs in an advisory role, it selected those submitted by Fraser. The designs were submitted to Mellon in November 1931; he selected Flanagan's design and notified Moore of the decision. Moore and commission member Adolph Weinman (who had designed the Mercury dime and Walking Liberty half dollar) attempted to get Mellon to change his mind, but only got him to agree to allow the various sculptors more time to improve their entries—they had asked for more time just for Fraser. On January 20, 1932, following resubmissions, the commission affirmed its support of the Fraser designs.

Mellon left office on February 12, 1932; he was succeeded by Ogden L. Mills. With a new Secretary of the Treasury in office, Moore renewed his protest, sending Mills a letter on March 31 deprecating Flanagan's design and urging the new secretary to accede to the commission's recommendation. Mills had already been briefed by O'Reilly on the quarter matter, and responded to Moore on April 11. Secretary Mills informed Moore that the chairman's letter had caused him to request changes from the sculptor, but that he would not override Mellon's decision. On April 16, the selection of Flanagan's designs was publicly announced.

Mellon was aware of which artists had submitted which designs, and has been accused of discriminating against Fraser as a woman. Numismatic historian Walter Breen stated, "it has been learned that Mellon knew all along who had submitted the winning models, and his male chauvinism partly or wholly motivated his unwillingness to let a woman win." Bowers, however, noted that Mellon had approved Fraser's designs for commemorative coins several times, as well as those by other women, and that no contemporary source speaks to any bias on Mellon's part. Bowers called the belief "modern numismatic fiction". Fraser's design was used in 1999 as a commemorative half eagle issued 200 years after Washington's death, and has been recommended as the obverse beginning in 2022.[13]

Flanagan's design[edit]

Plaster copy of bust of Washington by Houdon(1786); Houdon's work was adapted for Flanagan's profile image.

As originally struck, the quarter depicts a head of Washington facing left, with "Liberty" above the head, the date below, and "In God We Trust" in the left field. On the reverse, an eagle with wings outspread perches on a bundle of arrows framed below by two olive branches.

Houdon bust[edit]

In 1785, the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon was commissioned by the Virginia General Assembly to sculpt a bust of Washington, who had led the nascent United States to victory in the American Revolutionary War. Houdon had been recommended by the recently returned United States Minister to France, Benjamin Franklin. The retired general sat for Houdon at Mount Vernon, the Washington family home in Fairfax County, Virginia between October 6 and 12, 1785. The sculptor took a life mask of the general's face—Washington's adopted granddaughter Nelly Custis, aged six at the time, later recalled her shock in seeing Washington lying on a table, as she thought dead, covered by a sheet and by the plaster for the mask. She was told that two quills extended into his nostrils, providing him with air. A bust at Mount Vernon today testifies to that visit. On his return to Paris, Houdon used his visage of General Washington in a number of sculptural settings, including the commissioned statue for the General Assembly, which still stands in marble in the Virginia State Capitol.

The obverse of the "Washington Before Boston" medal was the first medallic use of Houdon's bust.

Portraits of Washington on medals and in other media subsequent to the sculptor's visit were most often based on Houdon's work, beginning with the 1786 "Washington Before Boston" medal engraved by Pierre Simon DuViviers. Although only one American, Abraham Lincoln, had appeared on a circulating US coin by the 1920s, the Houdon bust had been used as the basis of the portrait of Washington on the commemorative Lafayette dollar dated 1900 and on the Sesquicentennial half dollar of 1926. According to coin dealer and numismatic historian Q. David Bowers, the Houdon bust, even then, was the most common representation of Washington on coins and medals. Little is known of Flanagan's creative process, although models of Flanagan's quarter with a different portrayal of Washington, facing right, and with a different eagle, have come on the market. Flanagan's adaptation differs from the Houdon bust in some particulars: for example, the shape of the head is different, and there is a roll of hair on the quarter not found on the bust.

Art historian Cornelius Vermeule said of Flanagan's quarter, "a die designer could do little wrong in having Houdon's Neoclassic image as his prototype ... Still, it might be asked whether or not it was fair to force an ideal[ized] portrait of Washington made in 1785 on an artist working in 1932. There is something cold and lifeless about the results." Vermeule suggests that the quarter started a trend of similar portrait coins issued by the United States, notably the Jefferson nickel and Franklin half dollar. The historian preferred Laura Fraser's version, and termed Flanagan's reverse "a stiff bit of heraldry amid too large a wreath and too much or too large lettering".

Production[edit]

Silver strikings (1932–1964)[edit]

In early July 1932, newspapers announced that the Washington quarter was being struck and would be issued at the end of the month, once there were sufficient pieces for a nationwide distribution. They stressed that the new quarter was not a commemorative.

The obverses of the Washington quarter, originally as described in the Flanagan's design section, and with the modifications discussed in the Production section.
The five Washington quarter obverses: as a silver version, a clad version, the Bicentennial version, the version struck from 1999 to 2009, and the 2010 version struck until 2021.

The quarter was released into circulation on August 1, 1932. There was no great need for the coins in commerce; despite that, it was announced that six million pieces would be struck in honor of the Washington bicentennial.[23] The coins were generally well received, though the reverse prompted discussion as to whether a bald eagle was depicted, or some other sort of eagle. An eagle expert consulted by The New York Times concluded it was a bald eagle.

About 6.2 million quarters were struck in 1932, of which 5.4 million were coined at the Philadelphia mint. Production runs of just over 400,000 each occurred at the Denver and San Francisco mints; these are still the low mintages of the series. The small mintage of the 1932 Denver piece meant that few were available to be hoarded by coin dealers, leading to present-day scarcity in mint state or uncirculated condition; the mint marks on the 1932-D and 1932-S have been counterfeited. No quarters were struck at any mint in 1933, as there was an oversupply caused by the 1932 issue.

Unlike many earlier coins, the Washington quarter struck exceptionally well, bringing out its full details. This sharpness is possible because the designs of both sides were spread out, with no points of high relief. Nevertheless, the Mint repeatedly adjusted the design. In the first three years of striking (1932, 1934 and 1935), three different varieties of the obverse are known. They are generally called after the appearance of "IN GOD WE TRUST", to the left of Washington's head: the Light Motto, Medium Motto, and Heavy Motto.[26] Only the first was used in 1932. All three were used on the 1934 Philadelphia strikes, though only the latter two on the 1934 Denver Mint coins.[27] In 1935 only the Medium Motto was used at all three mints. However, the Heavy Motto apparently proved most satisfactory to the Mint as beginning in 1936 only pieces of that variety were struck at all sites.

For unknown reasons, the original reverse hub was used only in 1932; a new hub was used when coining resumed in 1934. The original style had a high rim around the reverse design, protecting it from wear so well that 1932 quarters in lower grade generally are about equally worn on either side. In later years, with a lowered rim, circulated silver pieces tend to be more worn on the reverse.

The fine-tuning of the design continued through the end of silver production with pieces dated 1964. During that time, the obverse was modified six times. One revision, in 1944, left Flanagan's initials, on the cutoff of the bust, distorted; this was adjusted the following year. Beginning in 1937, and continuing until the end of silver circulation production with pieces dated 1964, a very slightly different reverse was used for proof coins, as opposed to circulation pieces. This is most evident in examining the letters "es" in "States" which almost touch on circulation strikes, and display a separation on proofs.

The piece was struck in numbers exceeding 100 million in some years through 1964. The San Francisco Mint ceased striking coins after 1955; it struck no quarters that year or in 1949.

Clad composition with Flanagan reverse (1965–1998)[edit]

For further information on the circulating commemorative quarters, half dollars and dollars struck in 1975–1976, see United States Bicentennial coinage.

In 1964, there was a severe shortage of coins. Silver prices were rising, and the public responded by hoarding not only the wildly popular new coin, the Kennedy half dollar, but the other denominations, including the non-silver cent and nickel. Hopeful that issuing more 1964-dated coins would counter the speculation in them, the Treasury obtained Congressional authorization to continue striking 1964-dated coins into 1965.

The Mint's production of coins rapidly depleted the Treasury's stock of silver. Prices for the metal were rising to such an extent that, by early June 1965, a dollar in silver coin contained 93.3 cents' worth of it at market prices. On June 3, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson announced plans to eliminate silver from the dime and quarter in favor of a clad composition, with layers of copper-nickel on each side of a layer of pure copper. The half dollar was changed from 90% silver to 40%. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1965 in July, under which the Mint transitioned from striking 1964-dated silver quarters to striking 1965-dated clad quarters. Beginning on August 1, 1966, the Mint began to strike 1966-dated pieces, and thereafter it resumed the normal practice of striking the current year's date on each piece.

The new clad quarters were struck without mint mark in 1965–1967, regardless of the mint of origin. Beginning in 1968, mint marks were used again, except that Philadelphia continued to issue coins without them. The San Francisco Mint had reopened, but from 1968, it struck quarters only for collectors, for the most part proof coins. The Mint adjusted both sides of the coin for the initiation of clad coinage, lowering the relief (the modified reverse design exists on some 1964-dated silver quarters). The obverse was slightly changed in 1974, with some details sharpened. Mint marks on post-1967 pieces are found on the lower right of the obverse, to the right of Washington's neck.

In January 1973, Representative Richard C. White introduced legislation for commemorative dollars and half dollars for the 1976 United States Bicentennial. On June 6, Mint Director Mary Brooks testified before a congressional committee, and responding to concerns that only the two least-popular denominations would be changed, agreed to support the temporary redesign of the quarter as well. On October 18, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed legislation mandating a temporary redesign of the three denominations for all coins issued after July 4, 1975, and struck before January 1, 1977. These pieces would bear the double date 1776–1976. In addition to circulation pieces, Congress mandated that 45 million Bicentennial coins be struck in 40% silver. Fearful of creating low-mintage pieces which might be hoarded as the cent recently had been, thus creating a shortage of quarters, in December 1974 the Mint obtained congressional approval to continue striking 1974-dated quarters, half dollars and dollars until Bicentennial coinage began. Accordingly, there are no 1975-dated quarters. Almost two billion Bicentennial quarters were struck, as the Mint sought to assure that there would be plenty of souvenirs of the anniversary. The Mint sold the silver sets, in both uncirculated and proof, for more than a decade before ending sales at the end of 1986. Jack L. Ahr's colonial drummer, which had appeared on the Bicentennial quarter, was replaced after 1976 by Flanagan's original reverse.

Beginning in 1976, and continuing over the following twenty years, Mint engravers modified the design a number of times. Quarters were struck at the West Point Mint between 1977 and 1979, but they bore no mint mark. The Philadelphia Mint's mint mark "P" was used on coins struck at that facility beginning in 1980. Coins dated 1982 and 1983, both from Philadelphia and Denver, command a large premium over face value when found in near-pristine condition. Beginning in 1992, the Mint began selling silver proof sets, including a quarter struck in .900 silver; this has continued to the present day. Although President George H.W. Bush signed authorizing legislation for these pieces in 1990, coinage did not begin until 1992 due to difficulty in obtaining sufficient coinage blanks in .900 silver.

Commemorative (1999–2021)[edit]

New Jersey's 1999 entry in the State Quarters series

Main articles: 50 State quarters, District of Columbia and United States Territories quarters, America the Beautiful quarters, and American Women quarters

The Mint traces the origins of the 50 State Quarters program to a congressional hearing in June 1995, at which Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, as well as prominent numismatists, urged Congress to pass legislation allowing a series of circulating commemorative coins similar to the quarters Canada had recently struck for its provinces. In response, Congress passed the United States Commemorative Coins Act of 1996, which was signed by President Bill Clinton on October 20, 1996. The act directed the Mint to study whether a series of commemorative quarters would be successful. The Mint duly studied the matter, and reported favorably. Although the act had given Treasury SecretaryRobert Rubin the authority to carry out the report by selecting new coin designs, Secretary Rubin preferred to await congressional action. The resulting 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act was signed by President Clinton on December 1, 1997. Under the act, each of the fifty states would be honored with a new quarter, to be issued five a year beginning in 1999, with the sequence of issuance determined by the order the states had entered the Union. The act allowed the Secretary to determine the position of the required legends, such as "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the coin: To accommodate a large design on the reverse, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "QUARTER DOLLAR" were moved to the obverse, and the bust of Washington shrunken slightly. A state's design would be selected by the Treasury Secretary on the recommendation of the state's governor.

As part of the series, the Mint sold collector's versions in proof, including pieces struck in .900 silver. The Mint also sold a large number of numismatic items, including rolls and bags of coins, collector's maps, and other items designed to encourage coin collecting among the general public. The Mint estimated that the government profited by $3 billion through seignorage on coins saved by the public and through other revenues, over what it would otherwise have earned.

Legislation to extend the program to the District of Columbia and the territories had been four times passed by the House of Representatives, but the Senate had failed to consider it each time. Provisions authorizing such a program were inserted into an urgent appropriations bill, and passed in December 2007. The resultant 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program maintained the Washington obverse but on the reverse displayed designs in honor of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, all minted in 2009.

In 2008, Congress passed the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act. This legislation called for 56 coins, one for each state or other jurisdiction, to be issued five per year beginning in 2010 and concluding in 2021. Each coin features a National Park Service site or national forest, one per jurisdiction. Flanagan's head of Washington was restored to bring out detail. In addition to the circulating pieces and collector's versions, bullion pieces with 5 troy ounces (155 g) of silver are being struck with the quarter's design.

In May 2012, the Mint announced plans to strike the first circulation-quality quarters at the San Francisco Mint since 1954, to be sold only at a premium in bags and rolls. All five 2012 designs were struck, the first circulation-quality coins struck at San Francisco since 1983 (when Lincoln cents were struck without mint mark), and the first with the S mint mark since the Anthony dollar in 1981 (struck for mint sets only). In 2019, the silver version of the quarter was struck in .999 silver, marking a permanent change from the previous .900. In 2019, the Mint struck 2,000,000 of each circulating quarter design at the West Point Mint bearing its mint mark W. These were released into circulation mixed in with new coins from Philadelphia or Denver. This continued in 2020 with the 2020-W quarters bearing a privy markV75 inside a small cartouche on the obverse.

Following the conclusion of the National Parks quarter series in 2021, Flanagan's original design was restored to the obverse, with the reverse a representation of Washington crossing the Delaware River on the night of December 25, 1776. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had the option of ordering a second round of 56 national parks quarters, but did not do so by the end of 2018 as required in the 2008 legislation. In October, 2019, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met to consider designs; with the final choice made by Mnuchin. On December 25, 2020, the Mint announced the successful design, by Benjamin Sowards as sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The 2021 quarters with that design were released into circulation on April 5, 2021.[68]

The Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020 (Pub.L. 116–330 (text)(pdf)) establishes three new series of quarters for the next decade. From 2022 to 2025, the Mint may produce up to five coins each year featuring prominent American women, with a new obverse design of Washington. In 2026, there will be up to five designs representing the United States Semiquincentennial. From 2027 to 2030, the Mint may produce up to five coins each year featuring youth sports. The obverse will also be redesigned in 2027, and even after 2030 is still to depict Washington.[69] In April 2021, the CCAC and CFA recommended that Laura Fraser's 1931 design be used; Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is to make the final choice.[13]

Number minted[edit]

Further information: Washington quarter mintage figures

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Books and reports

  • Bowers, Q. David (2006). A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters. Atlanta, Ga.: Whitman Publishing. ISBN .
  • Breen, Walter (1988). Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins. New York, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN .
  • Cadou, Carol Borchert (2006). The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. Manchester, Vt.: Hudson Hills Press. ISBN .
  • Coin World Almanac (3rd ed.). Sidney, Ohio: Amos Press. 1977. ASIN B004AB7C9M.
  • Ganz, David L. (1976). 14 Bits: The Story of America's Bicentennial Coinage. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press. ISBN .
  • Guth, Ron; Garrett, Jeff (2005). United States Coinage: A Study by Type. Atlanta, Ga.: Whitman Publishing. ISBN .
  • Taxay, Don (1983) [1966]. The U.S. Mint and Coinage (reprint ed.). New York, N.Y.: Sanford J. Durst Numismatic Publications. ISBN .
  • United States Mint (c. 2009). "50 States Quarters Report"(PDF). United States Mint Financial Department. Archived from the original(PDF) on March 10, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  • Vermeule, Cornelius (1971). Numismatic Art in America. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN .
  • Yeoman, R.S. (2014). A Guide Book of United States Coins (68th ed.). Atlanta, Ga.: Whitman Publishing. ISBN .

News and other sources

  • Bardes, Herbert C. (September 13, 1964). "Treasury to Go Ahead On '64 Date Freeze". The New York Times. p. X32. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • Bardes, Herbert C. (November 22, 1964). "Turmoil in the Capital". The New York Times. p. X26. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • Bardes, Herbert C. (July 17, 1966). "1966 Date Begins Aug. 1"(PDF). The New York Times. p. 96. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • Dale, Edwin L. Jr. (June 4, 1965). "President Asks Quarters And Dimes Without Silver". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • Ganz, David L. (December 20, 2007). "Quarter Program Adds Territories". NumisMaster.com. Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Publications. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • Gilkes, Paul (March 12, 2012). "Mint touts cost savings in .999 silver switch". Coin World. pp. 1, 52, 56.
  • Gilkes, Paul (May 21, 2012). "San Francisco Mint strikes circulation-quality quarters". Coin World. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  • Gilkes, Paul (April 2, 2019). "Circulating rarities head to circulation: Quarters with the W mint mark". Coin World. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  • Gilkes, Paul (October 18, 2019). "Quarter dollar for 2021 and beyond to depict Washington crossing the Delaware". Coin World. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  • Gilkes, Paul (January 21, 2020). "U.S. Mint releases images of 2020-W quarter dollar with privy mark". Coin World. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  • Reiter, Ed (July 8, 1979). "Bicentennial Hangover". The New York Times. p. D38. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • Webster, Daniel (October 26, 1986). "Gold Eagle Coming Soon". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Knight News Service. p. F-8. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • "Eagle on New Quarter Defended By Expert as Bald, Not Golden". The New York Times. August 21, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • "Coin Bill Approved By Senate and Sent To the White House". The New York Times. July 15, 1965. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2012.(subscription required)
  • "Quarter series starts in 2010". Numismatic News. Iola, Wisc.: F+W Publications. September 10, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • "George Washington on new silver quarter". The Reading Eagle. Reading, Pa. July 10, 1932. p. 12. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • "Don't Quote Me". San Jose News. July 9, 1932. p. 7. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • "New Washington Quarters Are In Circulation Here". The Star and Sentinel. Gettysburg, Pa. August 6, 1932. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • "The 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program". United States Mint. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • "United States Mint Unveils First Five Coins in America the Beautiful™ Quarters Program" (Press release). United States Mint. March 24, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  • Unser, Mike (May 21, 2012). "U.S. Mint Ends Production of 90% Silver Coins". Coin News. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_quarter
How Much Is A 1998 Washington Quarter Worth - Do You Have This Coin? Final Eagle Reverse!

The standard 1998 Washington quarters are made of a clad composition that contains copper and nickel. Clad proof quarters and silver proof quarters were also minted and they sell for more money. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1998 Quarter

The US minted the 1998 P quarter, 1998 D quarter, 1998 S proof quarter, and 1998 S silver proof quarter.

Proof coins are essentially coins that have more detail. They are minted on special planchets and it takes longer to produce them. They are specifically made for collectors so you won't find any in your spare change.

Note: The mint mark can be found on the obverse side of each coin.

SeriesLocationQuantity Minted
1998 PPhiladelphia896,268,000
1998 DDenver821,000,000
1998 S ProofSan Francisco2,086,507
1998 S Silver ProofSan Francisco878,792

Clad Quarters

The standard 1998 clad quarters in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.25. These coins only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition.

Both the 1998 P quarter and 1998 D quarter are worth around $1 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade. The value is around $7 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 1998 S proof quarter is worth around $6 in PR 65 condition.

Silver Proof Quarter

This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $4.21 as of October 17, 2021. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $23.31 per ounce.

The 1998 S silver proof quarter is worth around $10 in PR 65 condition.

Grading System

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1997 Quarter
1996 Quarter
1995 Quarter

Sours: https://www.silverrecyclers.com/coins/1998-quarter.aspx

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