Washington Quarter Dollar, Silver, Coin Type from United States - detailed information

Washington Quarter Dollar, Silver, Coin Type from United States (issued 1932 - 1964)
Coin TypeWashington Quarter Dollar, Silver

The Quarter Dollar is a United States coin worth 25 cents. It has been produced on and off since 1796 and consistently since 1831.

After the initial issue of the "Draped Bust" type (1796 - 1807), a Capped Bust obverse was used until 1838, a Seated Liberty type (1838 - 1891), then the so-called Barber Quarter (1892 - 1916) and the Standing Liberty Quarter (1916 - 1930).

No quarters were issued in 1931, then the Washington Quarter Dollar was introduced. Initially meant as a one-year type commemorative to mark the bicentennial (200th anniversary) of George Washington's birth, it became the definitive style for the quarter dollar which is still issued today. Its obverse features the portrait of the first President of the United States; the reverse shows the American Eagle clutching a bunch of arrows, framed below by olive branches.

Until 1964 the composition of the Washington Quarter, like that of earlier coins of the denomination, was 90% silver and 10% copper. In 1965, the denomination was debased to copper-nickel, but the silver coins have never been demonetised and are still legal tender. This, of course, is of academic interest only, as their numismatic and bullion value is much higher than their face value.

Obverse
United States / Washington Quarter Dollar, Silver - obverse photo

At its centre, the obverse of the coin shows the portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789 - 1797), facing left. He has long hear, tied below the neck with a ribbon.

The designer's initials JF (for John Flanagan) are in relief on the neck truncation.

Around above, the inscription LIBERTY. In smaller letters on two lines below left, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

Around below, the date of issue: [year].

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST [year]
Reverse
United States / Washington Quarter Dollar, Silver - reverse photo

The central device on the reverse is the American eagle with outspread wings, facing the viewer; it is perched on a bundle of arrows framed below by two olive branches.

Above, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. In small letters below that, on two lines the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM (translated from Latin: Out of many, one).

Around below, the value and denomination in words: QUARTER DOLLAR.

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA QUARTER DOLLAR
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Washington Quarter Dollar, Silver - (32) Coins
Coin NameMintagePortraitLegend
Quarter Dollar 1932 Washington 6,248,800 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1932
Quarter Dollar 1934 Washington 35,439,252 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1934
Quarter Dollar 1935 Washington 43,924,000 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1935
Quarter Dollar 1936 Washington 50,505,837 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1936
Quarter Dollar 1937 Washington 28,543,142 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1937
Quarter Dollar 1938 Washington 12,312,045 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1938
Quarter Dollar 1939 Washington 43,268,795 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1939
Quarter Dollar 1940 Washington 46,756,846 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1940
Quarter Dollar 1941 Washington 111,842,087 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1941
Quarter Dollar 1942 Washington 138,988,323 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1942
Quarter Dollar 1943 Washington 137,495,600 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1943
Quarter Dollar 1944 Washington 132,116,800 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1944
Quarter Dollar 1945 Washington 103,717,601 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1945
Quarter Dollar 1946 Washington 66,712,800 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1946
Quarter Dollar 1947 Washington 43,426,400 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1947
Quarter Dollar 1948 Washington 67,922,800 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1948
Quarter Dollar 1949 Washington 19,380,400 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1949
Quarter Dollar 1950 Washington 56,331,116 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1950
Quarter Dollar 1951 Washington 87,908,402 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1951
Quarter Dollar 1952 Washington 102,365,073 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1952
Quarter Dollar 1953 Washington 88,793,320 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1953
Quarter Dollar 1954 Washington 108,785,725 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1954
Quarter Dollar 1955 Washington 21,740,781 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1955
Quarter Dollar 1956 Washington 77,147,884 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1956
Quarter Dollar 1957 Washington 125,704,112 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1957
Quarter Dollar 1958 Washington 85,360,552 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1958
Quarter Dollar 1959 Washington 87,587,523 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1959
Quarter Dollar 1960 Washington 93,855,926 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1960
Quarter Dollar 1961 Washington 123,721,172 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1961
Quarter Dollar 1962 Washington 166,928,775 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1962
Quarter Dollar 1963 Washington 212,679,829 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1963
Quarter Dollar 1964 Washington 1,268,476,875 George Washington LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1964
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Washington Quarter Dollar, Silver: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Sub-type ofQuarter Dollar
From1932
To1964
Face Value25 (x Cent)
CurrentNo
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerJohn Flanagan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size24.300 mm
Thickness1.750 mm
Mass6.250 g