|Washington Quarters (1932-Present)|
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In the midst of the depression a celebration of Washington's 200th anniversary seemed out of place. But the Congress eager to change the coinage in favor of honoring Washington held contest after contest without a clear outcome. Finally the Treasury Secretary chose the Flanagan's design - simple but not especially well suited to metallic art. Washington faces left and dominates the obverse, with the date below and LIBERTY above. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is in the left field, with the designer's initials on the base of the neck. A spread-winged heraldic eagle adorns the reverse, encircled by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM above, and QUARTER DOLLAR and a wreath below. Continually gaining in popularity with collectors, Washington quarters are usually assembled by date and mint. Coins were issued every year except 1933.
There have been three significant changes in the series since its inception in 1932. In 1965, the composition was changed from 90% silver to a clad or "sandwich metal" of 75% copper and 25% nickel, bonded to a pure copper core. The second modification came in 1975, when Jack Ahr's Bicentennial "Drummer Boy" design appeared on the reverse, with the dual-date 1776-1976 on the obverse. In 1977, the regular design returned. Beginning in 1999, however, the Washington quarter will be changed five times per year through 2008, as each of the fifty states is commemorated on the quarter's reverse.
Mintmarks The mintmark is found below the wreath on coins dated 1964 and earlier, and just to the right of Washington's braid on issues beginning in 1968. Mintmarks include:
SPECIFICATIONS: Diameter: 24.3 millimeters Weight: 1932-1964 6.25 grams 1965 to date: 5.67 grams; Edge: Reeded Net
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