The Washington Quarter was issued for circulation from 1932 to 1998. The design was originally introduced in order to commemorative the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. After a favorable public response, the design continued in use for the denomination in the ensuing years.
The quarter dollar has long served as a workhorse denomination within circulation, which has led to relatively high mintages for much of the series. The two most noted key dates are the 1932-D and 1932-S Washington Quarters. The mintages for these issues were 436,800 and 408,000, respectively. Each of the coins commands a premium even in well circulated grades. No other issues of the series have a mintage of fewer than one million pieces for circulation.
From 1932 to 1964, Washington Quarters were struck in a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper. Each coin from this era contained 0.18084 troy ounces of silver. Production took place at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. Proof coins were struck in Philadelphia from 1936 to 1942 and from 1950 to 1964.
From 1965 to 1998, the denomination was struck in copper nickel clad composition, as the silver content was removed from circulating coinage. The Philadelphia and Denver Mint struck coins for circulation, while the San Francisco Mint struck proof versions from 1968 to 1998.
The series would conclude before the introduction of the 50 State Quarters Program. For the new series, the original obverse design by John Flanagan was modified and continued to be used. For the subsequent America the Beautiful Quarters program beginning in 2010, the original John Flanagan design from the 1932 Washington Quarter was restored.
This site will provide additional basic information about Washington Quarters as well as a selection of certified coins available for sale. These will include higher grade mint state and proof coins graded by PCGS or NGC.