Washington Quarter Dollars (1932 - 1998) - Originally created in 1932 to commemorate the birthday of America’s first president were intended to be a commemorative issue and not a regular issue coin. The U.S. government held a public contest to select the one-year coin design.
History of Washington Quarter Dollar Coins
Many felt the design by Laura Gardin Fraser, an accomplished sculptor and wife of the designer of the Buffalo nickel, James E. Fraser, would have been the best choice. However, much resistance was met, likely because she was a woman. The honor was given to John Flanagan, a former student of the famous sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, as his traditional design was selected.
The key dates to this series are the 1932-D, 1932-S and the doubled die obverses and overdates. You can see the estimated Washington Quarters values and empower your purchasing decision.
Two versions of the Washington Quarters series are considered key dates. The original 1932-D design, created by sculptor John Flanagan, is prized by collectors as being one of the most important from the entire series. The obverse shows the now-famous portrait of George Washington in profile, with the reverse depicts a stately eagle clenching a bundle of arrows above olive branches. The 1932-S Washington Quarters feature the same design, but the “S” mintmark was used to indicate that they were produced in San Francisco. Coins from both of these key dates were struck from 90 percent Silver. Some key date Washington Quarters include:
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