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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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1806 25c PCGS F12 - Great Early Type Coin - Bust Quarter - Great Early Type Coin
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1806 25c PCGS F12 - Great Early Type Coin - Bust Quarter - Great Early Type Coin
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Est: $0- $0
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(40) Original Washington Silver Quarters
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Est: $10- $1,000
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1920 25c PCGS MS62 FH - Strong Luster - Standing Liberty Quarter - Strong Luster
Sep 30, 8:00 AM CST
1920 25c PCGS MS62 FH - Strong Luster - Standing Liberty Quarter - Strong Luster
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Est: $0- $0
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1944 WASHINGTON QUARTER
Sep 29, 12:00 PM EDT
1944 WASHINGTON QUARTER
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Est: $100- $150
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1915-S BARBER QUARTER…ONLY 704K MINTED
Sep 27, 5:00 PM EDT
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Collection of Barber Quarters & Half Dollars
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1909-D BARBER QUARTER AU/BU
Sep 27, 11:00 AM EDT
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(40) Original Washington Silver Quarters
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Est: $10- $1,000
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(40) Original Washington Silver Quarters
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
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Collection of Approximately Four Hundred Seven U.S. Silver Quarters, Weight approx: 89.25 ozt
Sep 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Approximately Four Hundred Seven U.S. Silver Quarters, Weight approx: 89.25 ozt
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1935 S Washington Quarter NICE
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
1935 S Washington Quarter NICE
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$256 Bids
1806 Draped Bust Quarter Dollar.
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1806 Draped Bust Quarter Dollar.
by Phoenix Integrity Auction
Est: $0- $0
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(20) Original Washington Silver Quarters
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
(20) Original Washington Silver Quarters
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Est: $10- $1,000
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1936 S Washington Quarter NICE
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
1936 S Washington Quarter NICE
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Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
1835 BUST QUARTER AU
Sep 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1835 BUST QUARTER AU
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Est: $550- $600
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1905-O BARBER QUARTER VF
Sep 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1905-O BARBER QUARTER VF
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Est: $220- $250
$505 Bids
1854-O Liberty Seated Quarter Dollar. Arrows, huge O. PCGS AU55
Sep 30, 8:00 AM CST
1854-O Liberty Seated Quarter Dollar. Arrows, huge O. PCGS AU55
by Phoenix Integrity Auction
Est: $0- $0
$205 Bids
1856-S Liberty Seated Quarter Dollar. PCGS MS63
Sep 30, 8:00 AM CST
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Est: $0- $0
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(40) Original Washington Silver Quarters
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(40) Original Washington Silver Quarters
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Est: $10- $1,000
$1505 Bids
(5) Original Standing Liberty Silver Quarters
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
$144 Bids
(4) Original 1929-S Standing Liberty Quarters
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
$164 Bids
1836 Capped Bust Quarter Dollar Silver Coin
Sep 30, 8:00 AM CST
1836 Capped Bust Quarter Dollar Silver Coin
by Phoenix Integrity Auction
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
1946-S WASHINGTON QUARTER
Sep 29, 12:00 PM EDT
1946-S WASHINGTON QUARTER
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Est: $60- $100
$214 Bids

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