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.
Washington Quarters Key Dates
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” mint mark 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: