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The George Washington Quarter

The Washington Silver Quarter - A Brief History

The Washington Quarter was first minted in 1932 to commemorate the 200th birthday of George Washington, the first president of the United States. It was then decided to forego the commemorative status in favor of the coin becoming a regular issue, replacing the Standing Liberty Quarter (1916-1930).

Designed by New York sculpter John Flanagan, the silver verson was minted from 1932 until 1964 (with the exception of 1933 when none were produced) and continues to be produced today in its clad version of copper and nickel. A total of three U. S. Mints were involved in the production of the Silver Washington Quarter: Denver; Philadelphia; and San Francisco.

Washington Silver Quarters - Facts and Details

The Washington Quarter - silver bullion coinThe Washington Quarter features the head of George Washington (inspired from a bust of Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon) on the obverse side of the coin and a modernistic spread-winged eagle on the reverse. The mint mark is on the reverse side just below the wreath. Mint marks are "D" for Denver and "S" for the San Francisco Mints. If no mint mark appears, it was minted in Philadelphia.

The Washington Quarter's Reverse SideWashington Silver Quarters are 90% silver and 10% copper. Silver quarters that are uncirculated contain .1808 Troy ounces of pure silver. Circulated silver quarters are considered to contain .1788 Troy ounces of pure silver due to the "wear factor" in handling these coins (sometimes referred to as trade content). Circulated silver coins (including Washington Quarters) are referred to as junk silver.

To determine the silver (melt) value of a circulated Washington silver quarter, multiply .1788 times the current spot price of silver.

Example: .1788 x $22.00 = $3.93



Washington Quarters on Amazon

You can learn much about investing in silver Washington Quarters on Amazon. Review what coins are available and at what price. Of course, circulated quarters in excellent condition and uncirculated quarters (graded MS60 and higher) will fetch a higher price than those having common dates and in just fair condition.

 For your convenience, I have included a sampling of these silver quarters available on Amazon. You might be able to pick up some nice silver coins at a decent price. Please be aware I receive a small compensation if you buy silver coins through this site which does not result in you paying more. Click on the "Go" button for a larger selection.

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