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United States Quarters

Quarters, so called because their face value is one quarter of a dollar, have existed as a United States denomination since 1796. In recent years, the quarter has been a popular selection for circulating commemorative coin programs, such as the State Quarters series and the America the Beautiful program. The latter of these is scheduled to run until 2021.

United States quarters have been issued in six major design variations, not including the two commemorative reverse series. Most of these major versions have several subtypes within them, which interests collectors. One subtype is the seated Liberty quarter. This quarter ran from 1838 to 1891 across two distinct types: the no motto from 1838 to 1865 and the with motto from 1866 to 1891. The motto in question was "In God We Trust," which is a common sight on modern coins.

Condition is one of the most significant challenges for an aspiring collector of quarters. Due to the popularity of the quarter as a circulation coin, as well as the designs which typically grace the denomination, high-grade quarters can be challenging to find. This is especially true of standing Liberty quarters, which were issued from 1916 to 1930. Due to the positioning of the date, it has become very challenging to identify the date of many standing Liberty quarters that circulated.


Quick Facts

  • The Washington quarter, which is still issued today, was originally minted in silver. In 1965, all existing silver series were converted to a copper-nickel alloy
  • A 1796 draped bust quarter sold at auction for $1.5 million in 2013. The coin displays a unique type of toning that highlights the coin's individual beauty
  • Quarter Dollar was not added to the obverse of the quarter until 1999. Previously, the phrase appeared as 25c, Quar. Dol., or the full Quarter Dollar, but only on the reverse of the coin

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1819 CAPPED BUST SILVER QUARTER NGC VF25
Aug 18, 9:00 AM MST
1819 CAPPED BUST SILVER QUARTER NGC VF25
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$28015 Bids
1934 Washington Quarter - NCG Cert. MS67
Jul 27, 7:00 PM EDT
1934 Washington Quarter - NCG Cert. MS67
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2111 Bids
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1930 STANDING LIBERTY SILVER QUARTER PCGS MS65FH
Aug 18, 9:00 AM MST
1930 STANDING LIBERTY SILVER QUARTER PCGS MS65FH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$3008 Bids
1865 Seated Liberty Quarter PF62 Cameo NGC graded
Aug 04, 10:00 AM CDT
1865 Seated Liberty Quarter PF62 Cameo NGC graded
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$666 Bids
37 US Silver Washington Quarters, various dates
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
37 US Silver Washington Quarters, various dates
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$905 Bids
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1999 $100 FRANKLIN QUARTER POUND SILVER PROOF
Aug 18, 9:00 AM MST
1999 $100 FRANKLIN QUARTER POUND SILVER PROOF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1305 Bids
(26) MIXED DATES STANDING LIBERTY QUARTERS
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
(26) MIXED DATES STANDING LIBERTY QUARTERS
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $210- $260
$705 Bids
(40) 90% SILVER WASHINGTON QUARTERS
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
(40) 90% SILVER WASHINGTON QUARTERS
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $300- $350
$1305 Bids
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1871 CALIFORNIA FRACTIONAL GOLD QUARTER BG-809 PCGS MS66
Aug 18, 9:00 AM MST
1871 CALIFORNIA FRACTIONAL GOLD QUARTER BG-809 PCGS MS66
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$3604 Bids
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1883 HAWAII SILVER QUARTER ANACAS AU58
Aug 18, 9:00 AM MST
1883 HAWAII SILVER QUARTER ANACAS AU58
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1204 Bids
BAG OF 11 WASHINGTON SILVER QUARTERS
Jul 27, 7:00 PM EDT
BAG OF 11 WASHINGTON SILVER QUARTERS
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$104 Bids
Lot of Ten Various 2023-P&D American Female Quarters - All PCGS MS66 *First Strike*
Jul 27, 7:00 PM EDT
Lot of Ten Various 2023-P&D American Female Quarters - All PCGS MS66 *First Strike*
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
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1831 CAPPED BUST SMALL LETTERS SILVER QUARTER NGC XF45
Aug 18, 9:00 AM MST
1831 CAPPED BUST SMALL LETTERS SILVER QUARTER NGC XF45
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2203 Bids
2021 Quarter Troy Pound .999 Fine US Silver American Eagle Proof Like Mirrored Fields
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
2021 Quarter Troy Pound .999 Fine US Silver American Eagle Proof Like Mirrored Fields
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$353 Bids
2022 Quarter Troy Pound .999 Fine US Silver American Eagle Proof Like Mirrored Fields
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
2022 Quarter Troy Pound .999 Fine US Silver American Eagle Proof Like Mirrored Fields
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$353 Bids
1917 T-1 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER CH AU
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
1917 T-1 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER CH AU
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $180- $200
$303 Bids
45 Washington DC Presidential Quarters Collection w/COA
Aug 14, 10:00 AM EDT
45 Washington DC Presidential Quarters Collection w/COA
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$92 Bids
15 US Silver Liberty Quarters, various dates
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
15 US Silver Liberty Quarters, various dates
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$402 Bids
1965 SMS Washington Quarter 25c Grades sp66
Aug 08, 2:00 AM EDT
1965 SMS Washington Quarter 25c Grades sp66
by Key Date Coins
Est: $25- $100
$52 Bids
Coin Lot
Jul 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Coin Lot
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $200- $400
$602 Bids
Lot of 12 Silver Washington Quarters 1936-1964
Jul 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 12 Silver Washington Quarters 1936-1964
by Denise Ryan Auction Co.
Est: $25- $500
$202 Bids
Group of 35+ Coins some Silver
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 35+ Coins some Silver
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$302 Bids
(40) 90% SILVER WASHINGTON QUARTERS
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
(40) 90% SILVER WASHINGTON QUARTERS
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $320- $370
$102 Bids
(40) 90% SILVER WASHINGTON QUARTERS
Jul 25, 11:00 AM EDT
(40) 90% SILVER WASHINGTON QUARTERS
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $300- $350
$102 Bids

Sellers Who Sell United States Quarters


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Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer