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The George Washington Silver Quarter

The Washington Quarter - A Brief History

First minted in 1932, the Washington Quarter Dollar was introduced 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 sculptor John Flanagan, the silver version was minted from 1932 through 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 coinThis popular U.S. silver coin 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 while those circulated 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 sometimes 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 $18.00 = $3.22

 You will find more buying and selling information on Washington Quarters and 11 other popular U.S. silver coins in my eBook The Last US 90 Percent Silver Coins. **See paperback version here.**

Washington Quarters on Amazon

You can learn much about investing in these and other U.S. silver coins 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. But only deal with those having a good number of positive reviews. I do receive a very small commission if you buy through this site but you don't pay more as a result. Click on the "Go" button for a larger selection.




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