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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Original 1917 Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1917 Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$12012 Bids
1946-D NGC MS67 Washington 90% Silver Quarter - Nice & Bright!!
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1946-D NGC MS67 Washington 90% Silver Quarter - Nice & Bright!!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$1908 Bids
Original 2001 North Carolina State Quarter Coin & Die Set
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 2001 North Carolina State Quarter Coin & Die Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$317 Bids
Original 1924 Standing Liberty Quarter
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1924 Standing Liberty Quarter
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$157 Bids
Original 1930 Standing Liberty Quarter
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1930 Standing Liberty Quarter
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$176 Bids
***Auction Highlight*** 1843-o Seated Liberty Quarter 25c Graded ms62+ By SEGS (fc)
Oct 18, 5:45 PM EDT
***Auction Highlight*** 1843-o Seated Liberty Quarter 25c Graded ms62+ By SEGS (fc)
by Key Date Coins, Inc.
Est: $2,777- $5,555
$2106 Bids
45 Washington DC Presidential Quarter Collection w/COA
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
45 Washington DC Presidential Quarter Collection w/COA
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$655 Bids
Original 1908-D Barber Quarter
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1908-D Barber Quarter
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$125 Bids
1999 to 2008 state quarter set
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
1999 to 2008 state quarter set
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
10 State Quarter Uncirculated Sets
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
10 State Quarter Uncirculated Sets
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$185 Bids
***Auction Highlight*** 1929-s Standing Liberty Quarter 25c Graded ms67 By SEGS (fc)
Oct 19, 5:45 PM EDT
***Auction Highlight*** 1929-s Standing Liberty Quarter 25c Graded ms67 By SEGS (fc)
by Key Date Coins, Inc.
Est: $990- $1,980
$955 Bids
Silver Washington quarters
Oct 20, 6:00 PM CDT
Silver Washington quarters
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
Original 1854 Seated Liberty Quarter
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1854 Seated Liberty Quarter
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$124 Bids
(40) Original U.S. Washington Silver Quarters
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
(40) Original U.S. Washington Silver Quarters
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$214 Bids
(40) Original U.S. Washington Silver Quarters
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
(40) Original U.S. Washington Silver Quarters
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$214 Bids
1959 U.S. Proof Set in Hard Plastic Holder W/90% Silver Franklin Half & Washington Quarter
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1959 U.S. Proof Set in Hard Plastic Holder W/90% Silver Franklin Half & Washington Quarter
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$224 Bids
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APPROX. 170 US SILVER QUARTER COINS
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
APPROX. 170 US SILVER QUARTER COINS
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $550- $650
$5504 Bids
16 Barber Quarters In Partial Whitman Page 1892-99
Oct 20, 5:00 PM EDT
16 Barber Quarters In Partial Whitman Page 1892-99
by Saco River Auction
Est: $400- $500
$654 Bids
15 Standing Liberty Quarters Partial Whitman Page
Oct 20, 5:00 PM EDT
15 Standing Liberty Quarters Partial Whitman Page
by Saco River Auction
Est: $400- $500
$1404 Bids
10 Silver Washington Quarters
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
10 Silver Washington Quarters
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
(40) Original U.S. Washington Silver Quarters
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
(40) Original U.S. Washington Silver Quarters
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$804 Bids
1932-D Washington Quarter, Key Date
Oct 19, 5:00 PM EDT
1932-D Washington Quarter, Key Date
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$204 Bids
Proof ***Auction Highlight*** 1898 Barber Quarter 25c Graded pr66+ cam By SEGS (fc)
Oct 18, 5:45 PM EDT
Proof ***Auction Highlight*** 1898 Barber Quarter 25c Graded pr66+ cam By SEGS (fc)
by Key Date Coins, Inc.
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$2104 Bids
1956 NGC PF68 Washington Silver Quarter - PROOF!
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
1956 NGC PF68 Washington Silver Quarter - PROOF!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$364 Bids

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