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U.S. Washington Silver Quarter (1932-1964) // Mint State Condition // Deluxe Display Box
The Washington Quarter coin has been minted from 1932 to present, but was only struck in silver until 1964. Offered here is a pleasant mint-state silver example hand-selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye-appeal. Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a plush-lined box with display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated between 1932 and 1964, and will match the quality of the one shown.
As the dark shadow of economic depression fell across the United States in 1931, there was extraordinarily little to celebrate. However, one opportunity did present itself the following year: the 200th birthday of America’s first president. George Washington has been called the “Father of His Country” for his influential leadership in the formative days of the new nation. He led Patriot forces to victory during the Revolutionary War and later presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington then served that government as first president from 1789 to 1797.
The Treasury Department had originally proposed that a half dollar be struck to honor Washington, but this was soon changed to the quarter when it was determined that replacing the half dollar would require congressional approval. A design by medalist John Flanagan was ultimately chosen, which featured an obverse depiction of Washington modeled after the famous bust created by French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon. This bust was formed from a life-mask of Washington’s face taken at Mount Vernon in 1785 and is considered a highly accurate reproduction.
The reverse of the coin features a bald eagle with outstretched wings clutching a bundle of arrows in its talons. Two olive branches of peace appear below. The Washington quarter was struck yearly in silver until rising bullion prices necessitated a compositional change to copper-nickel clad in 1965. For the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, a special reverse depicting a colonial drummer boy was issued and all coins featured the dual date of 1776-1976. The popularity of the Washington quarter amongst collectors has exploded in recent years, largely due to the introduction of the 50 State Quarters Program in 1999, which featured different reverses honoring each of the 50 states, 5 territories, and Washington, D.C. over an 11 year period. The America the Beautiful Quarters Program launched in 2010 showcases different National Park Service sites for each of 56 jurisdictions and will continue until 2021.
3"L x 3"W x 1"H
- OriginUnited States
— Type: Washington Quarter (1932-Present)
— Variety: Silver (1932-1964)
— Designer: John Flanagan
— Weight: 6.30 Grams
— Diameter: 24.3 Mm
— Composition: 0.900 Silver, 0.100 Copper
— Net Silver Weight: 0.18084 Oz Pure Silver
— Obverse Design: George Washington, Facing Left
— Obverse Inscription: IN GOD WE TRUST / LIBERTY / DATE
— Reverse Design: Eagle With Outstretched Wings, Clutching Bundle Of Arrows In Talons / Olive Branch
— Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / QUARTER DOLLAR
Please Note: The item(s) you receive will match the quality of the one shown, but may vary slightly due to the nature of original historical artifacts.
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