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1943 LINCOLN HEAD COPPER PENNY. It’s a little counterintuitive to think of a copper penny. Covered in this article is a brief history of the quarter, a breakdown of its metal compositions, and a list of valuable Washington quarters. Whip out your coin collection, sit back, and learn more about this quarter. Washington Quarter Price Guide Last Update: 02-07 07:07 AM EST Silver $26.96 ( +0.60 ) as of 02-05 04:59 PM EST.


A quick separation of quarter values is the date 1964, the last year of silver era quarters. All silver quarter are worth a minimum of $4.52 each as of 2/8/2021 . Modern quarters minted beginning 1965 are worth a premium in Mint State (no wear) condition. Follow a step by step method to identify the series of your quarter, variety, date and mintmark combination, leading to special qualities and above average value.

Steps Leading to Value:

  • Step 1: Recognize the Different Series of Quarters - US quarters were minted in a variety of design series. Each is unique and have their share of scarce to rare issues. Identify the different series to begin narrowing value.
  • Step 2: Date and Mintmark Variety - Dates are collected and valued individually. Dates combined with mintmarks are each identified as to rarity and demand.
  • Step 3: Grading Condition - Judging condition recognizes a grade used to narrow how much each quarter is worth. A close inspection comparing to images is needed.
  • Step 4: Special Qualities - Old to modern quarter series have special qualities collectors seek. These qualities are examined to accurately evaluate your coin.

Minted since 1796 there are many rare dates, mint marks, and scarce quarter varieties. Often reaching into the hundreds of dollars.

How to determine quarter values begins with identifying the denomination and series. Examine your coin and compare to the following images to find a match.

Note: Images within blue borders are Links to the Quarter Values series.

Step 1: Recognize the Different Series of Quarters

With a high starting price and quickly rising into the thousands. All early Bust quarters are scarce to rare. Avidly sought by dealers to meet the demand of collectors. Compare your coins to the grading images and value charts.

A long running series with many rare dates and varieties. Because condition of these Seated quarters is important to value, grading is important. Discover how much they are worth, compare your old quarters to the grading images and value chart listing all the dates and mintmarks.

Collectors are adding to their collections and increasing the demand for Barber Quarters. Your old quarter is worth much more today. From $6.49 each to many hundreds for the rare dates and mintmarks. Judge condition and worth of your coins using the grading images and coin values chart.

Everyone agrees it is a beautiful coin. Easily one of the most popular coins with collectors. Discover the value that strong demand has placed on Standing Liberty quarters. Grading images to evaluate their condition and price chart listing all dates, mint marks and varieties.

Their value is tied closely to the price of silver. However, a few rare dates and mintmarks of the early years of the Washington quarter series stand out, if found in high condition. Compare you coins to the grading images and separate then by condition. Follow your coin's value on the silver charts, and check for rare dates and mintmarks.

Step 2: Date Plus Variety and Mintmarks are Identified

Many serious collectors are assembling sets of quarters. Each date becomes an important part to these sets of coins. Numbers minted yearly vary and over time the scarce and rare issues are noticeably difficult to obtain, raising values. Each series is also interesting because of small changes to designs introduced, sometimes carrying the same date. Recognition of varieties within years also impacts value. Quarter series are full of subtle varieties.

Mintmarks are next considered in the value process. Early quarters; 1796 until 1840, were all minted at the Philadelphia mint, the only mint at the time. Mintages were in the range of two to three hundred thousand per year with a few low production years. 1835 is unusual with close to two million struck.

Branch mints began striking quarters in 1840 with the New Orleans mint. To identify branch mints - 'Mintmarks' - were added to the designs. An 'O' mintmark identifies New Orleans coinage. Other branch mints became important to the quarter series, San Francisco, Carson City, and Denver. All in various quantities struck quarters over the years. Usually branch mints struck lower numbers of quarters creating the scarce variety for the year. Mintmark identification is now important and reflected on value charts. Mintmarks and location on the coins are detailed on series pages.

🔎Step 1 above are image links to match your coin. Visit the series page for value charts and details on how to value your old quarters.

Step 3: Grading Condition Quarter Values are Conditional

Grades listed on value charts are a definition of a coin's condition. Amount of wear as it progresses; from none to very worn develops in recognizable stages. Each stage of wear is judged and assigned a grade matched to a standard. First minted, a coin is in Mint State condition and defined as Mint State grade.

Mint State Grade: A coin with no wear to any surface is defined as Mint State. Each series of quarters have specific high points to the design prone to first signs of wear. A close inspection is needed to determine if wear has smoothed and flattened any of these high spots. Grading in-depth is covered in each series and done comparing to images, video, and descriptions.

Extremely Fine Grade: An Extremely Fine grade quarter retains all major design elements in strong relief. Wear is noted; however, only small amounts of flatness is seen on the highest finer detail. A Standing Liberty quarter is judged looking at the amount of wear on Liberty's shoulder and knee. Overall, the appearance is sharp and well defined.

Fine Grade: Wear is easily visible on a quarter in Fine grade. Moderate wear has smoothed all high areas. A distinction between Fine and a lower grade is flattened areas do not connect. Separation, even if slight, is evident from Liberty's face and hair, major feathers of the eagle designs clear, and lettering of the legends is bold.

Good Grade: Once noticeable heavy wear has smoothed the majority of the design, the coin is now in Good grade. Its smooth surface is without any fine detail. Bust quarters and Barber quarter with large portraits of Liberty are portrayed in outline. Inner lines to hair, headbands, and indications of a gown are faded to smooth.

Judging a quarter's condition to determine a grade is done by comparing the coin to images of grade standards. Additional video helps to identify many subtle points to grading quarters.

🔎Step 1 image and text links lead to series pages of in-depth coverage. Each series page covers grading quarters in detail. Close-up images and descriptions of grades are used to judge condition.

Step 4: Special Qualities Enhancing Value

A certain amount of personal judgement goes into recognizing special qualities. Quarters are first viewed for their overall impression. Is the condition crisp enough to see most detail of the design? Is the toning, and color pleasing and enhancing the detail? Does a mark or rim dent catch the eye?

Eye appeal plays a role to solidify the value of coins. A pleasing quarter is marketable when compared to an example with less appeal and distractions.

Most old quarters are in circulated, worn condition. Among circulated grades, each collector develops an opinion of the traits to an appealing coin. Lightly toned verses darkly toned. Marks on the surface are acceptable, if obscure. Wear, only to a certain degree. Coins with positive appeal in just these three traits are surprisingly a challenge to find.

The Bust quarter in the top row is worn, however, still pleasing. A scarce coin with hair and gown detail visible, acceptable toning, and mark free surfaces, a collectible coin.

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Seated Liberty quarters are full of small details. Toning enhances the visibility of the design on the 1875 quarter. Minor circulation wear is visible but not distracting. Open fields behind Liberty are free of marks and abrasions. An eye appealing Seated Liberty quarter is sought by collectors.

A Standing Liberty quarter in Extremely Fine grade remains well detailed. All major and most minor detail is visible. Lightly toned and one special feather stands out. A full date is visible. The early years sub-variety of the series included the date, high in relief, and quickly wore smooth. A bold date visible is appreciated by collectors.

Consider your coin with aesthetics in mind. An honest rating gives insight to value.

🔎Match your coin to the image links in Step 1 and visit; how to determine in-depth quarter values of your coin.

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Continuing with special qualities of coins. Many of your old silver quarter values are tied closely to the price of silver. Quarters dated 1964 and earlier are 90% silver and worth many times their face value. With today's high value of silver your old coins are becoming surprisingly valuable.

Scarce and rare quarters are found in all the design series. Early era quarters, 1796 to the 1890's are all scarce. Quarters of the twentieth century are very popular today, with certain key dates considered rare.

A quick reference to US Coin Values. Images to identify each coin and minimum values for each type. Using the step by step method to how much coins are worth. Bookmark the online value charts to phone.

Follow the videos with close-up views highlighting the subtle changes from one 'grade' of condition to the next. Master index of grading videos lists series beginning with pennies to silver dollars. Values within the different series of coins are dependent on condition just as importantly as dates and mintmarks. It is possible to detect the difference of these finer points of value.

Recommendations on basic supplies that greatly improve coin storage. Providing for safe handling, preserving of value and organizing your box of old coins.

Do you have more old coins and need their values? Quarter values begin here, for your other coins, visit the home page.

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All old US coin values. It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Value charts, grading images and descriptions uncover how much your box of old coins is worth.

An understanding of the Value process:
Denomination Series Date Mintmark Condition

Value is the foundation to the Selling of your coins process. Always begin with an accurate value before selling your old coins.

Coin Values Moving with Precious Metals: Up-Dated 2/8/2021: Gold $1813 Silver $26.90


Your silver Washington quarters value has a base price of $4.52 . With the value of silver in the $26.90 per ounce range, updated 2/8/2021 .

A step by step method is presented to judge collector quality and identify the silver Washington quarters worth more.

Steps Leading to Value:

  • Step 1: Date and Mintmark Variety - Dates hold the key to identify potential value.
  • Step 2: Grading Condition - Collectors are in search of high-grade coins. Judge condition comparing to images and video.
  • Step 3: Special Qualities - Quickly separate the high demand pieces and recognize the silver potential of all first era Washington quarters.

Washington quarters of the early years are 90% silver forming a solid base and premium over face value. As a collectible; 1932 to 1964 dated quarters (the silver years) are popular with collectors assembling date - mintmark sets.

Notice on the value chart a major dividing line: Washington quarters are worth more in mint state condition by the largest margin. Additionally, certain dates are beginning to develop premiums in circulated condition. Follow the steps to identify your coin.

Washington Quarters Value
1932 to 1964
Condition of Coin
DateGoodFineExtremely
Fine
Mint
State
Washington Quarters Value Updated 2/8/2021
1932 $4.52 $4.52 $5.85 $31
1932 D $39 $58 $122 $611
1932 S $37 $47 $70 $208
1934 $4.52 $4.52 $5.85 $18
1934 D $4.52 $4.52 $25 $109
1935 $4.52 $4.52 $5.40 $18
1935 D $4.52 $4.52 $22 $131
1935 S $4.52 $4.52 $7.61 $53
1936 $4.52 $4.52 $5.07 $17
1936 D $4.52 $4.52 $38 $399
1936 S $4.52 $4.52 $13 $56
1937 $4.52 $4.52 $5.40 $27
1937 D $4.52 $4.52 $14 $62
1937 S $4.52 $4.52 $24 $108
1938 $4.52 $4.52 $14 $41
1938 S $4.52 $4.52 $20 $57
1939 $4.52 $4.52 $5.07 $9.18
1939 D $4.52 $4.52 $7.61 $27
1939 S $4.52 $4.52 $21 $70
1940 $4.52 $4.52 $5.07 $21
1940 D $4.52 $4.52 $22 $84
1940 S $4.52 $4.52 $5.40 $23
1941 $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $6.46
1941 D $4.52 $4.52 $5.40 $26
1941 S $4.52 $4.52 $5.40 $22
1942 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1942 D $4.52 $4.52 $5.40 $15
1942 S $4.52 $4.52 $7.61 $32
1943 $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $6.00
1943 D $4.52 $4.52 $5.85 $17
1943 S $4.52 $4.52 $5.85 $23
1944 $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $6.00
1944 D $4.52 $4.52 $5.07 $15
1944 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $9.18
1945 $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $6.00
1945 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $14
1945 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.23
1946 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1946 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.46
1946 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1947 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $7.16
1947 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.46
1947 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1948 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1948 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $7.16
1948 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.80 $6.23
1949 $4.52 $4.52 $5.85 $24
1949 D $4.52 $4.52 $5.07 $16
1950 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $7.16
1950 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.23
1950 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $7.16
1951 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1951 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1951 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.23
1952 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1952 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1952 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $7.16
1953 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1953 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1953 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1954 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1954 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1954 S $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $6.00
1955 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1955 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1956 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1956 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1957 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1957 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1958 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1958 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1959 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1959 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1960 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1960 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1961 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1961 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1962 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1962 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1963 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1963 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1964 $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77
1964 D $4.52 $4.52 $4.52 $5.77

The above are wholesale Washington quarters value. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up factors figured in. They reflect closely the value you would expect to receive when selling.

You can expect variations in value to occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs.

Step 1: Date and Mintmark are Identified

After a lapse of production in 1931 a new Washington quarter was introduced in 1932 the bicentennial of Washington's birth. The obverse is filled with the bust of George Washington with softly detailed hair tied in the back. A reverse is of an eagle wings outspread standing on a bundle of arrows - symbolic of strength and resolve with two olive branches below - peaceful intensions.

Mints and Mintmarks of the Silver Washington Quarter Series

First era Washington quarters; 1932 to 1964 are 90% silver and a popular variety of the series with collectors. Availability of all dates and mintmark combinations attracts both new and advanced collectors with sets assembled in many grades of condition. Mint state coins attract the most attention and are worth in line with initial mintage numbers. Identity of mintmarks narrows the range of how much these silver quarters are worth.

San Francisco Mint

San Francisco was part of the initial minting of the New Washington quarter. It holds the distinction of the fewest variety of any year, striking 408,000 pieces in 1932. A remarkably low number when compared to later number in the tens of millions of coins. All early 'S' mintmark Washington quarter are worth a close look as to condition.

Find the 'S' mintmark on the reverse just below where the olive branches meet.

Denver Mint

Noted as minting the largest number of silver Washington quarters in any one year - 1964, Denver struck over 1.7 quarters dating from 1932 to 1964. No mints produced quarters in 1933 and Denver only missed one other year 1938. Denver's lowest mintage year was 1932 436,000 followed by 1955. Although 1955 is not a premium coin its low mintage is well known by collectors.

A 'D' mintmark was placed on the reverse just below where the olive branches, above the 'ER'.

Philadelphia Mint

Philadelphia is the main US mint, striking 'circulating' coinage and proof coins. Production of the silver Washington quarter era dates from 1932 to 1964. Missing only one year - 1933; Philadelphia struck 1.8 bullion silver quarters. A date run of Philadelphia silver quarters is an interesting and affordable collection of silver coins.

No mintmark was used by Philadelphia on coinage during the early Washington quarters era. Look on the reverse in the space above 'ER' and below the olive branches, if no mintmark, Philadelphia struck the coin.

Step 2: Grading Condition Identify Collector Grade

The condition or state of preservation has a large impact on Washington quarters value. A heavily worn 'Good' condition coin - if a key date - has appeal to collectors. Also; always desirable are examples in Mint State - brand new - condition. Top values are found in the upper grade quarters.

To determine your Washington quarters value, compare your coins to the grading images below. Separate out the well-worn coins, then assign a grade to your nicer coins. After this you are ready to check the coin values chart.

Washington Quarters Value is Conditional

As you grade your quarters, focus your attention on the rim of the coin. A full rim and some hair detail on Washington separate a coin in 'Fine' condition from one in the lower 'Good' condition. A coin with sharp detail, only traces of wear, and some mint luster approaches the 'Mint State' grade. These coins have the potential of higher collectible value.

Mint State Grade: Washington Quarter

Obverse: Features Identifying Mint State Grade: A coin never handled through circulation remains with original surfaces. Mint luster is intact over the entire surface of a Mint State quarter.

No trace of wear is seen on the raised cheek area just under Washington's eye. Luster, a fine texture to the metal is complete over the cheek.

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High profile points are above the ear and just behind. Both areas are without any smoothing to the metal or dulling of color.

On Washington's neck below the ear and to the shoulder is a raised feature. In Mint State condition the texture of the neck is consistent over high and low areas.

Reverse: Features Identifying Mint State Grade: High relief areas are inspected carefully to detect smoothing due to wear.

Outstretched wings have a high ridge extending from the shoulders of the eagle to tips of the wing. Any wear along this contour shows as a different color to the metal and smoother texture than the rest of the wing.

No loss of detail is seen on the center chest of the eagle. Texture of original luster remains.

High points of legs are without signs of wear. No smoothing to the metal is evident.

Extremely Fine Grade: Washington Quarter

Obverse: Features Identifying Extremely Fine Grade: Light wear is evident on the high areas in the Extremely Fine grade.

Just in front of the ear a small flat area has developed. Over Washington's ear the small wave of hair is flat on top and this flatness continues to the curl behind the ear. Note: Just the tops of hair detail is flattened.

Waves in Washington's hair towards the top are lightly worn with the major waves bold.

The neck area above the date is showing slight smoothing. Also, the raised area of Washington's neckline is smooth and beginning to lose contour.

Reverse: Features Identifying Extremely Fine Grade: Slight wear has removed a few fine details to the reverse eagle;

Feather details on the Eagle's chest are no longer visible. These fine feather lines where never bold to begin. Chest remains well rounded.

Details to leg feathers are now missing on the tops of legs. A smooth spot has replaced feathers on the tops of legs with roundness remaining to the rest of the legs.

Olive leaves where they lay over the tips of wings remain bold and raised.

Fine Grade: Washington Quarter

Obverse: Features Identifying the Fine Grade: Flat areas now cover many parts of Washington's portrait.

Hair detail is mostly smooth through the top of his head. Some deeper lines remain above the large curl at the back.

A faint separation is visible defining the cheek, temple, and forehead from the hair.

Washington cheek and jaw are flat. A small contour separating the two is now missing.

Reverse: Features Identifying the Fine Grade: Moderate wear has begun to give the eagle a 'faded' look.

A large flat area connects the Eagle's head, running through the chest and legs.

Most feathers are separated within the wings but lines are soft and faded.

Letters are beginning to merge with the rim in places. All remain readable.

Good Grade: Washington Quarter

Obverse: Features Identifying the Good Grade: Washington portrait remains bold and raised from the field.

Most hair detail is missing and a smooth flat area connects Washington's face with hair.

Letters of 'Liberty' are readable but are connected with the rim.

Date is clear and readable but is also connected with the rim.

Reverse: Features Identifying the Good Grade: Many feather details to the center of the wings remain.

The eagle is very flat, however, a full outline to the wings is complete.

Center of the eagle is one flat area.

Legend is merging with the rim at tops of letters. Many letters are often weak but must remain readable.

How To Video: Grading Washington Quarters

Washington Quarters: Of importance to grading Washington quarters is identifying and separating the minimum silver value examples from the higher collector quality coins. Video plus close-up images and detailed descriptions help judge condition and assign a grade.

Step 3: Special Qualities Bullion to Collector Quarters

As of 2/8/2021 all silver Washington quarters are worth $4.52 . A nice minimum value. Collector demand is the base to any coin rising above this bullion level. Many date and mintmark combination have potential to collector level demand.

Silver Washington Quarters Value is Developing

Condition of the coin is the first consideration to higher value. The Extremely Fine grade is noted on the chart as a key grade separating bullion from collector quality. View closely the subtle difference in preservation of the major and minor design elements seen on the Extremely Fine grade coin.

When compared to an Extremely Fine example, the Fine Grade coin lacks a 'crisp' appearance and suffers from a 'quality' standpoint. Both grades are affordable in most dates and a strong preference is given to the high-quality example by collectors.

Dates to examine closely are all early years, these are becoming very old. Look over any dated 1932 to 1945. Set aside the higher grade Extremely Fine examples, do not include these as bullion quality. To meet the desires of future collectors; all have a strong potential to rise above 'common' statis. Early quarters with 'D' and 'S' mintmarks are typically low mintage varieties and desirable coins.

Earlier dates and high condition. This one-two combination is what gives Washington quarters value. Sort through all your quarters, pull out the nice ones and discover how much they are worth.

References

US Mint. 1931 US Mint Annual Report. https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/514135
US Mint. Symbols on Our Coins. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/history/us-circulating-coins
US Mint. 1964 US Mint Annual Report. https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/514149
US Treasury. Annual Report Secretary of the Treasury 1958. https://fraser.stlouisfed.org/title/194/item/5451

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A step by step method combined with the coin value online guide identifies how to value a coin collection. Discover how much your box of old coins is worth.

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Easily find how much your old coins are worth. From Bust Quarters to Seated Liberty, Barber, Standing Liberty and Washington quarters. All series include Grading Images to judge the condition of your coins and coin value charts.

Scarce and rare quarters are found in all the design series. Early era quarters, 1796 to the 1890's are all scarce. Quarters of the twentieth century are very popular today, with certain key dates considered rare.

Old US silver coin values rise and fall with the price of silver. Silver dimes, quarters, half dollars and silver dollars are all heavy with 90% silver and worth many times their face value. With today's high value of silver your old coins are becoming surprisingly valuable.

A quick reference to US Coin Values. Images to identify each coin and minimum values for each type. Using the step by step method to how much coins are worth. Bookmark the online value charts to phone.

Follow the steps to sell silver coins. Determine value first; then how to find a dealer. Images and descriptions help recognize the dates and series US coins contained silver.

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All old US coin values. It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Value charts, grading images and a step by step procedure uncovers how much your box of old coins is worth.

Print the Coin Values Worksheet to list your Washington quarters and record their values. Should you decide to sell.. use the worksheet as an invoice and packing slip when sending coins through the mail to dealers. It indicates you have done your coin values homework.