America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coins

After the 50 States Quarters Program, The US Mint released a new set of quarters to represent the National Parks of the United States of America. 56 different quarters will be released from 2010 up until 2021. The new act that authorized the minting of the new quarters is the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.

The act was introduced by Representative Mike Castle in 2008. He was also the one who led the 50 States Quarter Program. The act became the Public Law 110-456  signed by President Bush on the 23rd of December, 2008.

The US Mint officially named the program as America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Public Law 110-456 dictates the guidelines listed below.

  •         The Secretary of the Treasury has the authority to extend the new program an additional 11 years
  •         Exact duplicates of all the America the Beautiful Quarters will be made in .999 fine silver
  •         The new quarters will weigh 5.0 ounces and have a diameter of 3.0 inches

The design of America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter will have the same obverse as 50 States Quarter and the Washington D.C. and U.S. Territories Quarters.

The head of the coin will feature a profile bust of the late President George Washington facing left. The inscriptions included in the obverse are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR. William Cousins made slight modifications for the obverse.

For the reverse, the selection of the design is quite a tedious one. Much like the Washington D.C. and U.S. Territories Quarters, a federal entity that handles the management and conservation of each national site will have a liaison to act as its representative. The said liaison will identify source materials that the US Mint will use to produce up to five candidates per design. These designs will be used for a year’s America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter.

The designs will then be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), chief executive of the host jurisdiction (State/District of Columbia/Territory) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). For the final design, the US Mint will make necessary changes before the final designs are submitted to the Secretary of the Treasury.

The Different Reverse Designs of America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter

2010

Hot Springs National Park Quarter (Arkansas)

United States Mint, 2010-AR-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the frontal view of the Hot Springs National Park headquarters building with a thermal fountain in front of it. To the right of the door lies the National Park Service emblem. The inscriptions included in the reverse are HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Don Everhart.

Yellowstone National Park Quarter (Wyoming)

United States Mint, 2010-WY-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the Old Faithful geyser and a mature bull bison. To the right of the door lies the National Park Service emblem. The inscriptions included in the reverse are YELLOWSTONE, WYOMING, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Don Everhart.

Yosemite National Park Quarter (California)

United States Mint, 2010-CA-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the El Capitan known as the largest monolith of granite in the world. The inscriptions included in the reverse are YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Joseph Menna.

Grand Canyon National Park Quarter (Arizona)

United States Mint, 2010-AZ-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features granaries above the Nankoweap Delta located at the northernmost section of the Grand Canyon, the Marble Canyon. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Phebe Hemphill.

Mount Hood National Forest Quarter (Oregon)

United States Mint, 2010-OR-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the Mount Hood with the Lost Lake. The inscriptions included in the reverse are MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Phebe Hemphill.

2011

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter (Pennsylvania)

United States Mint, 2011-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Gettysburg1, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument located at the Cemetery Ridge. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Joel Iskowitz.

Glacier National Park Quarter (Montana)

United States Mint, 2011-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Glacier1, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the northeast slope of Mount Reynolds in the background while a mountain goat is in front. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GLACIER, MONTANA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Charles L. Vickers and designed by Barbara Fox.

Olympic National Park Quarter (Washington)

United States Mint, 2011-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Olympic1, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Mount Olympus on the background while a Roosevelt elk stands on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River. The inscriptions included in the reverse are OLYMPIC, WASHINGTON, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Michael Gaudioso and designed by Susan Gamble.

Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter (Mississippi)

United States Mint, 2011-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Vicksburg1, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River. The inscriptions included in the reverse are VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Thomas Cleveland.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter (Oklahoma)

United States Mint, 2011-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Chickasaw1, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the Lincoln Bridge. The inscriptions included in the reverse are CHICKASAW, OKLAHOMA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Jim Licaretz and designed by Donna Weaver.

2012

El Yunque National Forest Quarter (Puerto Rico)

United States Mint, 2012-ATB-Quarters-Proof-El-Yunque, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a Coqui tree frog on a leaf, a Puerto Rican parrot and an epiphyte plant with tropical flora. The inscriptions included in the reverse are EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Michael Gaudioso and designed by Gary Whitley.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter (New Mexico)

United States Mint, 2012-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Chaco, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a view of the Chetro Ketl Complex, north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. The inscriptions included in the reverse are CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Donna Weaver.

Acadia National Park Quarter (Maine)

United States Mint, 2012-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Acadia, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Acaia’s coastline along with a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. The inscriptions included in the reverse are ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Barbara Fox.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter (Hawaii)

United States Mint, 2012-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Hawaii, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features eruption on Kilauea Volcano’s east rift. The inscriptions included in the reverse are HAWAI’I VOLCANOES, HAWAII, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Charles L. Vickers.

Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter (Alaska)

United States Mint, 2012-ATB-Quarters-Proof-Denali, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Dall sheep and Mount McKinley. The inscriptions included in the reverse are DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Jim Licaretz and designed by Susan Gamble.

2013

White Mountain National Forest Quarter (New Hampshire)

United States Mint, 2013 ATB White Mountain-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Mt. Chocorua framed by a series of birch trees. The inscriptions included in the reverse are WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Phebe Hemphill.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter (Ohio)

United States Mint, 2013 ATB Perrys Victory-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry’s statue and a view of the Peace Memorial. The inscriptions included in the reverse are PERRY’S VICTORY,

OHIO, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Don Everhart.

Great Basin National Park Quarter (Nevada)

United States Mint, 2013 ATB Great Basin-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a Bristlecone Pine tree on top of the rocky glacial moraines. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Renata Gordon and designed by Ronald D. Sanders.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter (Maryland)

United States Mint, 2013 ATB Fort McHenry-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the annual Defenders Day celebration complete with fireworks. The inscriptions included in the reverse are FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Joseph Menna.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter (South Dakota)

United States Mint, 2013 ATB Mt Rushmore-Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a group of men finalizing Thomas Jefferson’s face on Mount Rushmore. The inscriptions included in the reverse are MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Joseph Menna.

2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter (Tennessee)

United States Mint, 2014-ATB-Proof-Great-Smoky-Mountains-rev-2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a log cabin that is actually found on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A hawk is seen flying in the sky while the lush forest surrounds the cabin. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENNESSEE, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Renata Gordon and designed by Ronald D. Sanders.

Shenandoah National Park Quarter (Virginia)

United States Mint, 2014-ATB-Proof-Shenandoah-rev-2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the Little Stony Man summit where a hiker takes in the view. The inscriptions included in the reverse are SHENANDOAH, VIRGINIA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Phebe Hemphill.

Arches National Park Quarter (Utah)

United States Mint, 2014-ATB-Proof-Arches-rev-2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the famous 65-foot freestanding arc known as the Delicate Arc. The inscriptions included in the reverse are ARCHES, UTAH, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Charles L. Vickers and designed by Donna Weaver.

Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

United States Mint, 2014-ATB-Proof-Great-Sand-Dunes-rev-2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a father and son playing near a creek bed with the sand dus and mountains in the background. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Don Everhart.

Everglades National Park (Florida)

United States Mint, 2014-ATB-Proof-Everglades-rev-2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features an anhinga with its wings outstretched. It is standing on a willow tree while a roseate spoonbill can be seen. The inscriptions included in the reverse are EVERGLADES, FLORIDA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Joel Iskowitz.

2015

Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska)

US Mint, HomesteadNationalMonumentofAmericaQuarter, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a homestead, a water spigot and ears of wheath. These three represent the essentials to survive – food, shelter and water. The inscriptions included in the reverse are HOMESTEAD, NEBRASKA, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Jim Licaretz and designed by Ronald D. Sanders.

Kisatchie National Forest Quarter (Louisiana)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2015 ATB Kisatchie Unc, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a wild turkey mid-flight, with blue stem grass and long leaf pine. The inscriptions included in the reverse are KISATCHIE, LOUISIANA, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Susan Gamble.

Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter (North Carolina)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2015 ATB Blue-Ridge-Parkway Unc, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a curved road while a Carolina State Flower Rests in the foreground. The inscriptions included in the reverse are BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, NORTH CAROLINA, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Frank Morris.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Quarter (Delaware)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2015 ATB Bombay-Hook Unc, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a blue heron and a great egret. The inscriptions included in the reverse are BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Joel Iskowitz.

Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter (New York)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2015 ATB Saratoga Unc, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a close up of the sword surrendered by General John Burgoyne to  General Horatio Gates. The inscriptions included in the reverse are BRITISH SURRENDER 1777, SARATOGA, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Renata Gordon and designed by Barbara Fox.

2016

Shawnee National Forest Quarter (Illinois)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2016 ATB Shawnee, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a red-tailed hawk flying above the Camel Rock, vegetations in the foreground. The inscriptions included in the reverse are SHAWNEE, ILLINOIS, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by Justin Kunz.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter (Kentucky)

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The reverse features a frontiersman on top of the mountains to the West. The inscriptions included in the reverse are CUMBERLAND GAP, FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Barbara Fox.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter (West Virginia)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2016 ATB Harpers-Ferry, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features John Brown Fort. The inscriptions included in the reverse are HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Thomas Hipschen.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter (North Dakota)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2016 ATB Theodore-Roosevelt, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a young Theodore Roosevelt riding a horse while checking out the terrain on the Little Missouri River. The inscriptions included in the reverse are THEODORE ROOSEVELT, NORTH DAKOTA, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Joel Iskowitz.

Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) Quarter (South Carolina)

United States Mint picture, US coin 25c 2016 ATB Fort-Moultrie, modified by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the scene when Sergeant William Jasper is seen returning the regimental flag to the rampart. This occurred while a British ship is attacking them. The inscriptions included in the reverse are FORT MOULTRIE, SOUTH CAROLINA, 2016 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna and designed by Richard Scott.

2017

Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter (Iowa)

United States Mint, America-the-Beautiful-Quarters-Coin-Effigy-Mounds-Iowa, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a bird’s eye view of the mounds found at the Marching Bear Group. The inscriptions included in the reverse are EFFIGY MOUNDS , IOWA, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was sculpted by Renata Gordon and designed by Richard Masters.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter (District of Columbia)

United States Mint, America-the-Beautiful-Quarters-Frederick-Douglass-District-of-Columbia, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Frederick Douglass in his home in Washington, D.C while writing on his desk. The inscriptions included in the reverse are FREDERICK DOUGLASS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Thomas Hipschen.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter (Missouri)

United States Mint, America-the-Beautiful-Quarters-Ozark-Riverways-Missouri, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a popular steel roller mill named Alley Mill built way back in 1894. The inscriptions included in the reverse are OZARK RIVERWAYS, MISSOURI, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Renata Gordon and designed by Ronald D. Sanders.

Ellis Island Quarter (New Jersey)

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The reverse features a family of immigrants approaching Ellis Island, with the hospital building at the background. The inscriptions included in the reverse are ELLIS ISLAND, NEW JERSEY, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill and designed by Barbara Fox.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter (Indiana)

United States Mint, America-the-Beautiful-Quarters-George-Rogers-Clark-Indiana, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features George Rogers Clark with his men walking through the flooded plains towards Fort Sackville. The inscriptions included in the reverse are GEORGE ROGERS CLARK, INDIANA, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Michael Gaudioso and designed by Frank Morris.

2018

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter (Michigan)

United States Mint, 2018-america-the-beautiful-quarters-coin-pictured-rocks-michigan-uncirculated-reverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a white pine tree growing on top of the Chapel Rock. The inscriptions included in the reverse are PICTURED ROCKS, MICHIGAN, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Michael Gaudioso and designed by Paul C. Balan.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter (Wisconsin)

United States Mint, 2018-america-the-beautiful-quarters-coin-apostle-islands-wisconsin-uncirculated-reverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the sea caves at Devils Island. A kayaker is paddling in the foreground and the lighthouse tower seen in the farthest part of the island. The inscriptions included in the reverse are APOSTLE ISLANDS, WISCONSIN, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Renata Gordon and designed by Richard Masters.

Voyageurs National Park Quarter (Minnesota)

United States Mint, 2018-america-the-beautiful-quarters-coin-voyageurs-minnesota-uncirculated-reverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a common loon and a rock cliff. The inscriptions included in the reverse are VOYAGEURS, MINNESOTA, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Joseph Menna, and designed by Patricia Lucas-Morris.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter (Georgia)

United States Mint, 2018-america-the-beautiful-quarters-coin-cumberland-island-georgia-uncirculated-reverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a snowy egret perched on a branch in the salt marsh, ready to fly. The inscriptions included in the reverse are CUMBERLAND ISLAND, GEORGIA, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Don Everhart, and designed by Donna Weaver.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter (Rhode Island)

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The reverse features a view showing a beach at Cow Cove while a black-crowned night-heron flies ahead. The view looks towards Sandy Point. The inscriptions included in the reverse are BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, and designed by Chris Costello.

2019

Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts)

American Memorial Park (Northern Mariana Islands )

War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam)

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas)

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho)

2020

National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)

Weir Farm National Historic Site (Connecticut)

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Vermont)

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas)

2021

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama)

Every year, five new quarters are released by the US Mint starting in 2010. The respective mints in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco will strike the coins and will bear its respective mintmark. The new America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarters are either made up of clad or silver. Each weighs 5.67 grams, are 24.30 millimeters in diameter and have a reeded edge.

The Two Types of America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter

  1.    Type 1 America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Clad

Regular, Proof and Special Strike Coins are made up of 75% Copper, 25% Nickel over a pure Copper center.

Regular Strike

2010-P Hot Springs NP – 37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Hot Springs NP – 37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Yellowstone NP – 37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Yellowstone NP – 37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Yosemite NP – 37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Yosemite NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Grand Canyon NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Grand Canyon NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Mount Hood NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Mount Hood NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2011-P Gettysburg NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2011-D Gettysburg NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2011-P Glacier NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2011-D Glacier NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2011-P Olympic NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2011-D Olympic NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2011-P Vicksburg NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2011-D Vicksburg NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2011-P Chickasaw NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2011-D Chickasaw NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2012-P El Yunque NP -25,800,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2012-D El Yunque NP -25,000,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2012-S El Yunque NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-P Chaco Culture NP -22,000,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2012-D Chaco Culture NP -22,000,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2012-S Chaco Culture NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-P Acadia NP -24,800,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2012-D Acadia NP -21,606,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2012-S Acadia NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-P Hawaii Volcanoes NP -46,200,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2012-D Hawaii Volcanoes NP -78,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2012-S Hawaii Volcanoes NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-P Denali NP -135,400,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2012-D Denali NP -166,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2012-S Denali NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-P White Mountain NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2013-D White Mountain NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2013-S White Mountain NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-P Perry’s Memorial NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2013-D Perry’s Memorial NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2013-S Perry’s Memorial NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-P Great Basin NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2013-D Great Basin NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2013-S Great Basin NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-P Fort McHenry NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2013-D Fort McHenry NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2013-S Fort McHenry NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-P Mount Rushmore NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint           

2013-D Mount Rushmore NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2013-S Mount Rushmore NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-P Great Smoky Mtns NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2014-D Great Smoky Mtns NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2014-S Great Smoky Mtns NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-P Shenandoah NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2014-D Shenandoah NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2014-S Shenandoah NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-P Arches NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2014-D Arches NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2014-S Arches NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-P Great Sand Dunes NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2014-D Great Sand Dunes NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2014-S Great Sand Dunes NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-P Everglades NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2014-D Everglades NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2014-S Everglades NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-P Homestead NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2015-D Homestead NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2015-S Homestead NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-P Kisatchie NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2015-D Kisatchie NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2015-S Kisatchie NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-P Blue Ridge Parkway NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2015-D Blue Ridge Parkway NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2015-S Blue Ridge Parkway NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-P Bombay Hook NP -37,600,000 pieces pieces minted at the Denver Mint minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2015-D Bombay Hook NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2015-S Bombay Hook NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-P Saratoga NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2015-D Saratoga NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2015-S Saratoga NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2016-P 25C Shawnee NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2016-D 25C Shawnee NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2016-S 25C Shawnee NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2016-P 25C Cumberland Gap NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2016-D 25C Cumberland Gap NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint       

2016-S 25C Cumberland Gap NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2016-P 25C Harpers Ferry NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2016-D 25C Harpers Ferry NP  37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2016-S 25C Harpers Ferry NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2016-P 25C Fort Moultrie NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2016-D 25C Fort Moultrie NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2016-S 25C Fort Moultrie NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2017-P 25C Effigy Mounds NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2017-D 25C Effigy Mounds NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2017-S 25C Effigy Mounds NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2017-P 25C Ellis Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2017-S 25C Ellis Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2017-D 25C Ellis Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2017-P 25C Ozark Riverways NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2017-S 25C Ozark Riverways NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2017-D 25C Ozark Riverways NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2017-P 25C Frederick Douglass NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2017-D 25C Frederick Douglass NP  37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2017-S 25C Frederick Douglass NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2017-P 25C George Rogers Clark NP  37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2017-D 25C George Rogers Clark NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2017-S 25C George Rogers Clark NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2018-P 25C Pictured Rocks NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2018-D 25C Pictured Rocks NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2018-S 25C Pictured Rocks NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2018-P 25C Apostle Islands NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2018-D 25C Apostle Islands NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2018-S 25C Apostle Islands NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2018-P 25C Voyageurs NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2018-D 25C Voyageurs NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2018-S 25C Voyageurs NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2018-P 25C Block Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2018-D 25C Block Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

2018-S 25C Block Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2018-P 25C Cumberland Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2018-S 25C Cumberland Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the San Francisco Mint

2018-D 25C Cumberland Island NP -37,600,000 pieces minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

2010-S Hot Springs NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2010-S Yellowstone NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2010-S Yosemite NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2010-S Grand Canyon NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2010-S Mount Hood NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2011-S Gettysburg NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2011-S Glacier NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2011-S Olympic NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2011-S Vicksburg NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2011-S Chickasaw NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-S El Yunque NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-S Chaco Culture NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-S Acadia NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-S Hawaii Volcanoes NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2012-S Denali NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-S White Mountain NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-S Perry’s Memorial NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-S Great Basin NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-S Fort McHenry NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2013-S Mount Rushmore NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-S Great Smoky Mtns NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-S Shenandoah NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-S Arches NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-S Great Sand Dunes NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2014-S Everglades NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-S Homestead NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-S Kisatchie NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-S Blue Ridge Pkwy NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-S Bombay Hook NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

2015-S Saratoga NP – minted at the San Francisco Mint

Special Strikes

2010-P Hot Springs NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Hot Springs NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Yellowstone NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Yellowstone NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Yosemite NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Yosemite NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Denver Mint

2010-P Grand Canyon NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Grand Canyon NP – Satin Finish minted at the Denver Mint –

2010-P Mount Hood NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2010-D Mount Hood NP – Satin Finish – minted at the Denver Mint

  1. Type 2 America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Silver

The second type was made up of 90% Silver, 10% Copper. All coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint and bear the mintmark S.

Proofs
2010-S Hot Springs NP – Silver
2010-S Yellowstone NP – Silver
2010-S Yosemite NP – Silver
2010-S Grand Canyon NP – Silver
2010-S Mount Hood NP – Silver
2011-S Gettysburg NP – Silver
2011-S Glacier NP – Silver
2011-S Olympic NP – Silver
2011-S Vicksburg NP – Silver
2011-S Chickasaw NP – Silver
2012-S El Yunque NP – Silver
2012-S El Yunque NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2012-S Chaco Culture NP- Silver
2012-S Chaco Culture NP- Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2012-S Acadia NP – Silver
2012-S Acadia NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2012-S HI Volcanoes NP – Silver
2012-S HI Volcanoes NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2012-S Denali NP – Silver
2013-S White Mountain NP – Silver
2012-S Denali NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2013-S White Mountain NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2013-S Perry’s Memorial NP – Silver
2013-S Perry’s Memorial NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2013-S Great Basin NP – Silver
2013-S Great Basin NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2013-S Fort McHenry NP – Silver
2013-S Fort McHenry NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2013-S Mount Rushmore NP – Silver
2013-S Mount Rushmore NP – Silver, Limited Edition Proof Set
2014-S Great Smoky Mtns NP – Silver
2014-S Shenandoah NP – Silver
2014-S Arches NP – Silver
2014-S Great Sand Dunes NP – Silver
2014-S Everglades NP – Silver

Collecting America’s Beautiful National Park Quarters

Numismatics and beginner coin collectors would find that America’s Beautiful National Parks are a joy to collect. Why? The fact that the minting of the other national park quarters will start again next year makes it an exciting opportunity to anticipate the next coin would look like. Having a piece of history in forms of coins. The artistry and effort put up to compete for every single detail of the coin plus that culture embedded in each design makes it an amazing collection to collect.

For PCGS-graded America’s Beautiful National Park Quarters, you can check the link below.

https://www.pcgs.com/prices/priceguidedetail.aspx?c=1715&title=washington+america+the+beautiful+quarters

References:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC Coin, US Mint

Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters

After the successful conclusion of the US 50 States Quarters Program, a legislation was signed and approved by then-President Bush to produce the Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters. It was actually approved on the 26th of December 2008. It was known as The District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarter Program.

The said Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters will be minted throughout the duration of 2009. The US Mint will issue the following coins:

  • District of Columbia Quarter
  • Puerto Rico Quarter
  • Guam Quarter
  • American Samoa Quarter
  • US Virgin Islands Quarter
  • Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

The evaluation of the design used for the US Territorial Quarters was a tedious process.

  • First, the US Mint will coordinate with a person appointed by the respective territory.
  • Next, a concept selection process will be constructed in a narrative manner. A maximum number of three design concepts will be submitted and should explain why the design represents the territory and its citizens.
  • The third step is when the US Mint will produce designs based on the narratives submitted.
  • The fourth step includes each territory appointing a historian or other experts will review the design, making sure the design and articles used are true and accurate. If adjustments and corrections are to be made, the US Mint will refine the design. After the revision, the designs will now be presented to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).
  • Once reviewed by the CFA and CCAC, revisions will be made after consultations with the territory.
  • The sixth process involves the US Mint presenting the final two designs. Th respective territories will then have to choose and give their design of choice within a specified time frame. The only time the coins will be struck is when the designs were approved by the US Secretary of Approval.

The designer of the coin varies as Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters have different reverse designs for each territory.

As for the obverse, the design was by John Flanagan. It features a profile bust or President George Washington facing left. The inscriptions included UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR.

United States Mint, 2006 Quarter Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The Reverse Designs of the Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters

District of Columbia

United States Mint, 2009 DC Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a renowned composer and musician and native Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington seated at a grand piano. He was chosen for his amazing life story and numerous awards and honors received. The inscriptions included in the design were DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DUKE ELLINGTON, JUSTICE FOR ALL, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date 2009. The engraver for the District of Columbia Territorial Quarter is Don Everhart.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

United States Mint, 2009 PR Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the historic sentry box of San Juan, Puerto Rico and a single Hibiscus Flower. The inscriptions included in the design were PUERTO RICO, ISLA DEL EL CANTO, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date 2009. The engraver for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Territorial Quarter is Joseph F. Menna.

Guam

United States Mint, 2009 GU Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features an outline of the island of Guam, a latte stone commonly used as bases of homes and a flying proa – a seagoing craft made by the Chamorro people. The inscriptions included in the design were GUAM, GUAHAN I TANÓ MANCHAMORRO which meant Guam – Land of Chamorro, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date 2009. The engraver for the Guam Territorial Quarter is Jim Licaretz.

American Samoa

United States Mint, 2009 AS Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the Tanoa or ava bowl, a whisk and staffs with an island with coconut trees in the background. The inscriptions included in the design were AMERICAN SOMA, SAMOA MUAMUA LE ATUA (the territory’s native motto which translates to “Samoa, God is First.”, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date 2009. The engraver for the American Samoa Territorial Quarter is Charles L. Vickers.

The U.S. Virgin Islands

United States Mint, 2009 USVI Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the Bananaquit, U.S. Virgin Islands’ official bird; the Yellow Cedar or Yellow Elder, its official flower and a single Tyre Palm Tree. In the foreground lies an outline of the three major islands of U.S. Virgin Islands. The inscriptions included in the design were U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, its official motto UNITED IN PRIDE AND HOPE, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date 2009. The engraver for the U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Quarter is Joseph F. Menna.

The Northern Mariana Islands

United States Mint, 2009 NMI Proof, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse is a beautiful representation of the Northern Mariana Islands. It features limestone latte is on the shores of an island while a canoe is in the waters and two white fairy tern birds are flying overhead. A Carolinian mwar or a head lei symbolizes honor and respect. It has plumeria, langilang or Ylang Ylang, angagha (or a peacock flower) and Pacific Basil known as teibwo boders the island. The inscriptions included in the design were NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date 2009. The engraver for the Northern Mariana Islands Territorial Quarter is Phebe Hemphill.

The Two Types of Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters And Mintages

1. Type 1 Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters Clad

The first type of Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters is composed of 75% Copper, 25% Nickel. The coins are 24.30 millimeters in diameter, weighs about 5.67 grams and have a reeded edge.  There are Regular Strike, Proofs and Special Strikes minted for the Type 1 Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters.

Regular Strike

2009-P 25C District of Columbia – 83,600,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C District of Columbia – 88,800,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C Puerto Rico – 53,200,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C Puerto Rico – 86,000,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C Guam – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C Guam – 42,600,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C American Samoa – 42,600,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C American Samoa – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C U.S. Virgin Islands – 41,000,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C U.S. Virgin Islands – 41,000,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C Northern Mariana Islands – 35,200,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C Northern Mariana Islands – 37,600,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

2009-S 25C District of Columbia – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C American Samoa – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C U.S. Virgin Islands – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C Puerto Rico – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C Guam – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C Northern Mariana Islands – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

Special Strike

2009-P 25C District of Columbia – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C District of Columbia – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C Puerto Rico – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C Puerto Rico – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C Guam – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C Guam – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C American Samoa – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C American Samoa – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C U.S. Virgin Islands – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C U.S. Virgin Islands – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2009-P 25C Northern Mariana Islands – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2009-D 25C Northern Mariana Islands – Satin Finish – these were minted at the Denver Mint

2. Type 2 Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters Silver

The second type was composed of 90% Silver, 10% Copper and was only struck in Proofs.

Proofs

2009-S 25C Puerto Rico – Silver – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C U.S. Virgin Islands – Silver – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C District of Columbia – Silver – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C Northern Mariana Islands – Silver – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C Guam – Silver – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

2009-S 25C American Samoa – Silver – these were minted at the San Francisco Mint

Collecting Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters

Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters have its own fair share of errors. The most commonly known error are doubled die errors for the District of Columbia wherein ELL in ELLINGTON was doubled in the reverse.

Coin collectors collect Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters mostly because of their beauty. While it is true that the face value is what one would expect for these types of quarters, the mintages were relatively small. One can find Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters in rolls of circulated, uncirculated, proof and special strikes. Regardless of its current price and value, Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters are a wonderful collection to own.

For a price list of PCGS-graded Washington D. C. and Territorial Quarters, you can check the link below.

https://www.pcgs.com/prices/priceguidedetail.aspx?c=1721&title=washington+d.c.+and+u.s.+territories+quarters

References:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, US States Mint, Hobby Lark, Wikipedia

The Washington 50 States Quarters

The 50 States Quarters can count as one of the most much anticipated collectible coins. Americans have been eagerly searching commemorative coin that would excite the nation. Finally, the United States Commemorative Quarter Act was passed on October 20, 1996. The said act, signed by President Clinton provided a feasibility wherein each of the 50 states of the United States will be recognized through a commemorative quarter coin.

The 50 States Program will celebrate each state by creating a quarter coin featuring George Washington on the obverse, while a unique commemorative design on the reverse. For the obverse, the designers are John Flanagan and William Cousins. For the reverse, each of the 50 states is responsible for providing a design that would represent their state.

Each year, a group consisting of 5 coins will be issued from 1999 up until its completion in 2008. The public proved to love the idea, as the 50 States Coins received positive reviews, thus millions were minted for collectors.

The Different Reverse Designs of the Washington 50 State Quarters by Year

1999

Delaware

Dbenbenn, Delaware quarter, reverse side, 1999, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is The First State. The reverse features the historic horseback ride of Caesar Rodney’s in 1776. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state DELAWARE, THE FIRST STATE, 1787 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 1999 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Pennsylvania

Dbenbenn, Pennsylvania quarter, reverse side, 1999, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features Commonwealth and the outline of Pennsylvania, a keystone plus their motto (Virtue, Liberty, Independence). The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state PENNSYLVANIA, 1787 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 1999 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

New Jersey

Dbenbenn, New Jersey quarter, reverse side, 1999, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features the crossing of the Delaware River headed by General George Washington. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes CROSSROADS OF THE REVOLUTION, the state NEW JERSEY, 1787 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 1999 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Georgia

Dbenbenn, Georgia quarter, reverse side, 1999, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Wisdom, Justice, Moderation. The reverse features a peach drawn inside a silhouette of the state, motto of Georgia which is Wisdom, Justice, Moderation inside knotted ribbons and two live oak springs. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state Georgia, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 1999 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Connecticut

Dbenbenn, Connecticut quarter, reverse side, 1999, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the Charter Oak Tree which is a place that proved to be an excellent hiding place for the original Constitution. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE CHARTER OAK, the state Connecticut, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 1999 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2000

Massachusetts

Dbenbenn, Massachusetts quarter, reverse side, 2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the Minute Man. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE BAY STATES, the state Massachusetts, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2000 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Maryland

Dbenbenn, Maryland quarter, reverse side, 2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the Maryland Statehouse while being surrounded by clusters of White Oak Leaf. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE OLD LINE STATE, the state Maryland 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2000 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

South Carolina

Dbenbenn, South Carolina quarter, reverse side, 2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The reverse features a highlight of the state together with three symbols – the Carolina Wren, the Palmetto tree and the Yellow Jessamine and a single star which indicates its capital, Columbia. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state South Carolina, its name THE PALMETTO STATE, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2000 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

New Hampshire

Dbenbenn, New Hampshire quarter, reverse side, 2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin Live Free or Die/The Old Man of the Mountain. It highlights The Old Man of the Mountain, the rock formation and Live free or die – the state motto. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2000 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Virginia

Dbenbenn, Virginia quarter, reverse side, 2000, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin features the three ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, Discovery that brought the first English settlers to Jamestown. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes JAMESTOWN 1607-2007, the state Virginia, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2000 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2001

New York

Dbenbenn, New York quarter, reverse side, 2001, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the gateway to freedom. It highlights 11 stars which are New York’s position when it was admitted into the Union, the state outline and the Statue of Liberty. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes GATEWAY TO FREEDOM, the state New York, 1788 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2001 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM. 

North Carolina

Dbenbenn, North Carolina quarter, reverse side, 2001, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is First Flight. It highlights the first in Kill Devil Hills. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state NORTH CAROLINA, FIRST FLIGHT, 1789, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2001 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Rhode Island

Dbenbenn, Rhode Island quarter, reverse side, 2001, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Ocean State. It highlights an image depicting a vintage sailboat that appears to be gliding through Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island with the Pell Bridge in the background. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE OCEAN STATE, the state RHODE ISLAND, 1790, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2001 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Vermont

Dbenbenn, Vermont quarter, reverse side, 2001, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Freedom and Unity. It highlights Camel’s Hump Mountain, maple trees and sap buckets on them. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes FREEDOM AND UNITY, the state VERMONT, 1791, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2001 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Kentucky

T. James Ferrell, employee of the US Mint[1], Kentucky quarter, reverse side, 2001, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0
The theme of the coin is My Old Kentucky Home. It highlights Federal Hill, a stately mansion, and racehorse behind a fence. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME, the state KENTUCKY, 1792, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2002 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Tennessee

Dbenbenn, Tennessee quarter, reverse side, 2002, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin highlights three stars, a series of musical instruments, a guitar, trumpet, and fiddle. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes MUSICAL STATE on a ribbon, the state TENNESSEE, 1796, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2002 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Ohio

Dbenbenn, Ohio quarter, reverse side, 2002, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers. The coin highlights how the state of Ohio contributed to the history of aviation. An old airplane, an astronaut and a silhouette of the state is seen on the background. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes BIRTHPLACE OF AVIATION PIONEERS, the state OHIO, 1803, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2002 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Louisiana

Dbenbenn, Louisiana quarter, reverse side, 2002, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Lousiana Purchase. The coin highlights the state’s bird which is a pelican, a trumpet with musical notes and a silhouette of the territory Lousiana Purchase. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes LOUISIANA PURCHASE, the state LOUISIANA, 1812, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2002 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Indiana

Dbenbenn, Indiana quarter, reverse side, 2002, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the Crossroads of America. The coin highlights a racecar on a silhouette of the state and 19 stars which represent the state’s number of admission as a state. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes CROSSROADS OF AMERICA, the state INDIANA, 1816, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2002 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Mississippi

Dbenbenn, Mississippi quarter, reverse side, 2002, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is The Magnolia State. The coin highlights two beautiful Magnolia in bloom. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE MAGNOLIA STATE, the state MISSISSIPPI, 1817, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2002 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2003

Illinois

Dbenbenn, Illinois quarter, reverse side, 2003, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is The Land of Lincoln. The coin highlights a young Abraham Lincoln, the Chicago skyline, and a farm scene. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes LAND OF LINCOLN, 21ST CENTURY STATE, the state ILLINOIS, 1818, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2003 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Alabama

Dbenbenn, Alabama quarter, reverse side, 2003, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is the Spirit of Courage. The coin highlights Helen Keller, a Braille, magnolias, and an Alabama longleaf pine branch. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes SPIRIT OF COURAGE, HELEN KELLER, BRAILLE, the state ALABAMA, 1819, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2003 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Maine

Dbenbenn, Maine quarter, reverse side, 2003, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Pemaquid Point Light. The coin highlights Pemaquid Point Light. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state MAINE, 1820, (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2003 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Missouri

Dbenbenn, Missouri quarter, reverse side, 2003, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Corps of Discovery. The coin highlights Pemaquid Point Light. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes CORPS OF DISCOVERY, 1804-2004 , the state MISSOURI, 1821 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2003 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Arkansas

Dbenbenn, Arkansas quarter, reverse side, 2003, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Natural State. The coin highlights a diamond, image of rice stalks plus a mallard flying above a lake. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state ARKANSAS, 1836 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2003 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2004

Michigan

Dbenbenn, Michigan quarter, reverse side, 2004,Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Great Lake State. The coin highlights an outline of the Great Lakes system and of Michigan. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes GREAT LAKES MICHIGAN, the state MICHIGAN, 1837 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2004 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Florida

Dbenbenn, Florida quarter, reverse side, 2004, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Gateway to Discovery. The coin highlights a space shuttle, the 16th-century Spanish galleon and Sabal palm trees on a strip of land. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes GATEWAY TO DISCOVERY, the state FLORIDA, 1845 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2004 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Texas

Dbenbenn, Texas quarter, reverse side, 2004, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Lone Star State. The coin highlights an outline of Texas with a star superimposed on it. A lariat is seen encircling the design serves as a symbol for the cattle and cowboy history plus the frontier spirit that tamed Texas. The inscriptions found on the reverse include, The Lone Star State the state TEXAS, 1845 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2004 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Iowa

Dbenbenn, Iowa quarter, reverse side, 2004, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin highlights a schoolhouse with only one room and a teacher and students planting a tree. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes FOUNDATION IN EDUCATION, the state IOWA, 1846 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2004 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Wisconsin

Dbenbenn, Wisconsin quarter, reverse side, 2004, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The theme of the coin is Forward. The coin highlights a head of a cow, an ear of corn plus a round of cheese. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes FORWARD, the state WISCONSIN, 1848 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2004 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2005

California

Dbenbenn, California quarter, reverse side, 2005, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin highlights John Mur admiring the monolithic granite headwall of Yosemite Valley and a California condor. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes YOSEMITE VALLEY, JOHN MUR, the state CALIFORNIA, 1850 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2005 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Minnesota

Dbenbenn, Minnesota quarter, reverse side, 2005, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin highlights two people fishing on a tree-lined lake, a textured outline of the state and a loon on the water. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes LAND OF 10,000 LAKES, the state MINNESOTA, 1858 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2005 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Oregon

Dbenbenn, Oregon quarter, reverse side, 2005, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features and highlights the Crater Lake. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes CRATER LAKE, the state OREGON, 1859 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2005 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Kansas

Dbenbenn, Kansas quarter, reverse side, 2005, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features and highlights the Crater Lake, a buffalo and three sunflowers. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state KANSAS, 1861 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2005 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

West Virginia

Dbenbenn, West Virginia quarter, reverse side, 2005, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features and highlights the New River and New River Bridge. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes NEW RIVER GEORGE, the state WEST VIRGINIA, 1863 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2005 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2006

Nevada

Dbenbenn, Nevada quarter, reverse side, 2006, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features and highlights the sun, snow-capped mountains, and wild stallions. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes SILVER STATE, the state NEVADA, 1864 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2006 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Nebraska  

Dbenbenn, Nebraska quarter, reverse side, 2006, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features and highlights two stallions carrying a wagon with the Chimney rock on the background. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state NEBRASKA, 1867 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2006 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Colorado

Dbenbenn, Colorado quarter, reverse side, 2006, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin is themed Colorful Colorado. It features and highlights a banner, rugged Rocky Mountains and evergreens . The inscriptions found on the reverse includes COLORFUL COLORADO, the state COLORADO, 1876 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2006 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

North Dakota 

Dbenbenn, North Dakota quarter, reverse side, 2006, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features Badlands with Bison and highlights two American Bisons, with a sunset view in the background. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state NORTH DAKOTA, 1889 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2006 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

South Dakota

Dbenbenn, South Dakota quarter, reverse side, 2006, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features Mount Rushmore and Pheasant. It features Mount Rushmore and a wreath on both sides. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state SOUTH DAKOTA, 1889 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2006 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2007

Montana

Dbenbenn, Montana quarter, reverse side, 2007, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin highlights the Big Sky Country. It features the Montana landscape underneath a bison skull. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes BIG SKY COUNTRY,  the state MONTANA, 1889

(date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2007 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Washington

US Mint, Washington quarter, reverse side, 2007, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin highlights Evergreen State. It features a single Salmon with Mount Rainer in the background. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE EVERGREEN STATE,  the state WASHINGTON, 1889 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2007 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Idaho

US Mint, Idaho quarter, reverse side, 2007, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin is themed Esto Perpetua. It features a Peregrine Falcon above a silhouette of the state of Idaho. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes ESTO PERPETUA,  the state IDAHO, 1890 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2007 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Wyoming

U.S. Mint, WY winner, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin is themed The Equality State. It features a Peregrine Falcon above a silhouette of a man riding a bucking horse. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE EQUALITY STATE,  the state WYOMING, 1890 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2007 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Utah

US Mint, Utah quarter, reverse side, 2007, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin is themed Crossroads of the West. It features two trains going towards the Golden Spike. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes CROSSROADS OF THE WEST,  the state UTAH, 1896 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2007 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2008

Oklahoma

United States Mint, 2008OklahomaQuarter, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features the State bird, a Scissortail Flycatcher flying over Indian Blankets, the State wildflower. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes the state OKLAHOMA, 1907 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2008 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

New Mexico

Magog the Ogre, New Mexico – State Quarter, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features a Zia sun symbol over the state’s outline. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes LAND OF ENHANCEMENT,  the state NEW MEXICO, 1912 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2008 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Arizona

Belb, Image-Arizona – SQ, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features the Grand Canyon with a banner stating its name and a Saguaro cactus. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes GRAND CANYON STATE,  the state ARIZONA, 1912 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2008 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Alaska

Belb, Alaskaquarter, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin is themed The Great Land and has a grizzly bear with a foot on its mouth and the North Star. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes THE GREAT LAND,  the state ALASKA, 1959 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2008 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Hawaii

Belb, Hawaii, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The coin features King Kamehameha I, the Hawaiin monarch stretching his hand towards the eight major islands of Hawaii. The inscriptions found on the reverse includes UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘AINA I KA PONO which means “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”,  the state HAWAII, 1959 (date when the state was admitted to the Union), 2008 (date of mintage) and the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The obverse is the only design that is consistent throughout the 10-years production.

Dbenbenn, United States quarter, obverse, 2004, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

The obverse consists of a portrait of the late President George Washington facing left. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above the portrait while the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR below it. The legend LIBERTY and motto IN GOD WE TRUST are on the left and right side of the portrait respectively.

Each of the 50 States Quarters consists of 75% Copper, 25% Nickel, weighs 5.67 grams, is 24.30 mm in diameter and has a reeded edge. Regular and Special strike coins were minted at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint while proof coins were minted in the San Francisco Mint. Each coin has its respective mintmark that shows which Mint the coin was minted at.

The Washington 50 States Quarters, date and their Mintages

Regular Strike

1999-P Delaware – a total of 373,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1999-D Delaware – a total of 401,424,000 minted at the Denver Mint

1999-P Pennsylvania – a total of 349,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1999-D Pennsylvania – a total of 358,332,000 minted at the Denver Mint

1999-P New Jersey – a total of 363,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1999-D New Jersey – a total of 299,028,000 minted at the Denver Mint

1999-P Georgia – a total of 451,188,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1999-D Georgia – a total of 488,744,000 minted at the Denver Mint

1999-P Connecticut – a total of 688,744,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1999-D Connecticut – a total of 657,880,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2000-P Massachusetts – a total of 628,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2000-D Massachusetts – a total of 535,184,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2000-P Maryland – a total of 678,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2000-D Maryland – a total of 556,532,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2000-P South Carolina – a total of 742,576,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2000-D South Carolina – a total of 566,208,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2000-P New Hampshire – a total of 673,040,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2000-D New Hampshire – a total of 495,976,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2000-P Virginia – a total of 943,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2000-D Virginia – a total of 651,616,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2001-P New York – a total of 655,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2001-D New York – a total of 619,640,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2001-P North Carolina – a total of 627,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2001-D North Carolina – a total of 427,876,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2001-P Rhode Island – a total of 423,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2001-D Rhode Island – a total of 447,100,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2001-P Vermont – a total of 423,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2001-D Vermont – a total of 459,404,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2001-P Kentucky – a total of 353,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2001-D Kentucky – a total of 370,564,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2002-P Tennessee – a total of 361,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2002-D Tennessee – a total of 286,468,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2002-P Ohio – a total of 217,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2002-D Ohio – a total of 414,832,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2002-P Louisiana – a total of 362,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2002-D Louisiana – a total of 402,204,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2002-P Indiana – a total of 362,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2002-D Indiana – a total of 327,200,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2002-P Mississippi – a total of 290,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2002-D Mississippi – a total of 289,600,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2003-P Illinois – a total of 225,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2003-D Illinois – a total of 237,400,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2003-P Alabama – a total of 225,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2003-D Alabama – a total of 232,400,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2003-P Maine – a total of 217,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2003-D Maine – a total of 231,400,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2003-P Missouri – a total of 225,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2003-D Missouri – a total of 228,200,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2003-P Arkansas – a total of 228,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2003-D Arkansas – a total of 229,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-P Michigan – a total of 233,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2004-D Michigan – a total of 225,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-P Florida – a total of 240,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2004-D Florida – a total of 241,600,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-P Texas – a total of 278,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2004-D Texas – a total of 263,000,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-P Iowa – a total of 213,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2004-D Iowa – a total of 251,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-P Wisconsin – a total of 226,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2004-D Wisconsin – a total of 226,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-D Wisconsin – Extra Leaf Low – a total of 226,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2004-D Wisconsin – Extra Leaf High – a total of 226,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P California – a total of 257,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D California – a total of 263,200,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P Minnesota – a total of 239,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-P Minnesota – Extra Tree – a total pieces of coin minted N/A

2005-D Minnesota – a total of 248,400,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P Oregon – a total of 316,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D Oregon – a total of 404,000,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P Kansas – a total of 263,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D Kansas – a total of 300,000,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P West Virginia – a total of 365,400,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D West Virginia – a total of 356,200,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P Nevada – a total of 277,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D Nevada – a total of 312,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P Nebraska – a total of 318,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D Nebraska – a total of 276,400,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P Colorado – a total of 274,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D Colorado – a total of 294,200,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P North Dakota – a total of 205,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D North Dakota – a total of total pieces of coin minted N/A at the Denver Mint

2006-P South Dakota – a total of 245,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D South Dakota – total pieces of coin minted N/A at the Denver Mint

2007-P Montana – a total of 257,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Montana – a total of total pieces of coin minted N/A at the Denver Mint

2007-P Washington – a total of 265,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Washington – a total of 280,000,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Idaho – a total of 294,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Idaho – a total of 286,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Wyoming – a total of 243,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Wyoming – a total of 320,800,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Utah – a total of 255,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Utah – a total of 253,200,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Oklahoma – a total of 222,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Oklahoma – a total of 194,600,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P New Mexico – a total of 244,200,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D New Mexico – a total of 244,400,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Arizona – a total of 244,600,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Arizona – a total of 265,000,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Alaska – a total of 251,800,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Alaska – a total of 254,000,000 minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Hawaii – a total of 254,000,000 minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Hawaii – a total of 263,600,000 minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

1999-S Delaware – a total of 3,714,359 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Delaware-Silver – a total of 804,565 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Pennsylvania – a total of 3,713,359 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Pennsylvania-Silver – a total of 804,565 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S New Jersey – a total of 3,713,359 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S New Jersey-Silver – a total of 804,565 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Georgia – a total of 3,713,359 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Georgia-Silver – a total of 804,565 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Connecticut – a total of 3,713,359 minted at the San Francisco Mint

1999-S Connecticut-Silver – a total of 804,565 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S Massachusetts – a total of 4,816,747 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S Massachusetts-Silver – a total of 965,421 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S Maryland – a total of 4,816,747 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S Maryland-Silver – a total of 965,421 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S South Carolina – a total of 4,816,747 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S S Carolina-Silver – a total of 965,421 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S New Hampshire – a total of 4,816,747 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S New Hampshire-Silver – a total of 965,421 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S Virginia – a total of 4,816,747 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2000-S Virginia-Silver – a total of 965,421 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S New York – a total of 3,093,273 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S New York-Silver – a total of 889,694 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S North Carolina – a total of 3,093,273 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S N Carolina-Silver – a total of 889,694 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S Rhode Island – a total of 3,093,273 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S Rhode Island-Silver – a total of 889,694 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S Vermont – a total of 3,093,273 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S Vermont-Silver – a total of 889,694 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S Kentucky – a total of 3,093,273 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2001-S Kentucky-Silver – a total of 889,694 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Tennessee – a total of 3,039,320 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Tennessee-Silver – a total of 888,826 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Ohio – a total of 3,039,320 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Ohio-Silver – a total of 888,826 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Louisiana – a total of 3,039,320 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Louisiana-Silver – a total of 888,826 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Indiana – a total of 3,039,320 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Indiana-Silver – a total of 888,826 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Mississippi – a total of 303,030,320 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2002-S Mississippi-Silver – a total of 888,826 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Illinois – a total of 3,408,516 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Illinois-Silver – a total of 1,125,755 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Alabama – a total of 3,408,516 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Alabama-Silver – a total of 1,125,755 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Maine – a total of 3,408,516 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Maine-Silver – a total of 1,125,755 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Missouri – a total of 3,408,516 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Missouri-Silver – a total of 1,125,755 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Arkansas – a total of 3,408,516 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2003-S Arkansas-Silver – a total of 1,125,755 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Michigan – a total of 2,740,684 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Michigan-Silver – a total of 1,769,786 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Florida – a total of 2,740,684 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Florida-Silver – a total of 1,769,786 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Texas – a total of 2,740,684 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Texas-Silver – a total of 1,769,786 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Iowa – a total of 2,740,684 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Iowa-Silver – a total of 1,769,786 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Wisconsin – a total of 2,740,684 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2004-S Wisconsin-Silver – a total of 1,769,786 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S California – a total of 3,262,960 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S California – Silver – a total of 1,678,649 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S Minnesota – a total of 3,262,960 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S Minnesota – Silver – a total of 1,678,649 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S Oregon – a total of 3,262,960 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S Oregon – Silver – a total of 1,678,649 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S Kansas – a total of 3,262,960 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S Kansas – Silver – a total of 1,678,649 minted at the San Francisco Mint minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S West Virginia – a total of 3,262,960 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2005-S West Virginia – Silver – a total of 1,678,649 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S Nevada – a total of  – a total of 2,882,428 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S Nevada – Silver – a total of 1,585,008 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S Nebraska – a total of 2,882,428 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S Nebraska – Silver – a total of 1,585,008 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S Colorado – a total of 2,882,428 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S Colorado – Silver – a total of 1,585,008 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S North Dakota – a total of 2,882,428 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S North Dakota – Silver – a total of 1,585,008 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S South Dakota – a total of 2,882,428 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2006-S South Dakota – Silver – a total of 1,585,008 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Montana – a total of 2,374,778 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Montana – Silver – a total of 1,313,481 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Washington – a total of 2,374,778 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Washington – Silver – a total of 1,313,481 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Idaho – a total of 2,374,778 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Idaho – Silver – a total of 1,313,481 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Wyoming – a total of 2,374,778 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Wyoming – Silver – a total of 1,313,481 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Utah – a total of 2,374,778 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2007-S Utah – Silver – a total of 1,313,481 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Oklahoma – a total of 2,078,112 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Oklahoma – Silver – a total of 1,192,908 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S New Mexico – a total of 2,078,112  minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S New Mexico – Silver – a total of 1,192,908 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Arizona – a total of 2,078,112 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Arizona – Silver – a total of 1,192,908 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Alaska – a total of 2,078,112 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Alaska – Silver – a total of 1,192,908 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Hawaii – a total of 2,078,112 minted at the San Francisco Mint

2008-S Hawaii – Silver – a total of  – a total of 1,192,908 minted at the San Francisco Mint

Special Strikes

2005-P California Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D California Satin Finish -Minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P Minnesota Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-P Minnesota, Satin Finish – Extra Tre – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D Minnesota Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2005-D Minnesota, Satin Finish – Extra Tre -Minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P Oregon Satin Finish -Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D Oregon Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P Kansas Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D Kansas Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2005-P West Virginia Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2005-D West Virginia Satin Finish -Minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P Nevada-Satin Finish -Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D Nevada-Satin Finish -Minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P Nebraska-Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D Nebraska-Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P Colorado-Satin Finish -Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D Colorado-Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P North Dakota Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D North Dakota Satin Finish –   Minted at the Denver Mint

2006-P South Dakota Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2006-D South Dakota-Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Montana – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Montana – Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Washington – Satin Finish –  Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Washington – Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Idaho – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Idaho – Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Wyoming – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Wyoming – Satin Finish -Minted at the Denver Mint

2007-P Utah – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2007-D Utah – Satin Finish –  Minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Oklahoma – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Oklahoma – Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P New Mexico – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D New Mexico – Satin Finish –  Minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Arizona – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Arizona – Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Alaska – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Alaska – Satin Finish -Minted at the Denver Mint

2008-P Hawaii – Satin Finish – Minted at the Philadelphia Mint

2008-D Hawaii – Satin Finish – Minted at the Denver Mint

Collecting State Quarters

One should know that there are four types of State Quarters – the business strikes or the general circulating coins, the satin finish coins, the copper-nickel clad and the silver clad coins.

As for error coins, the State Quarters have a number of errors that collectors would enjoy collecting. You can check the following for the list.

Spitting Horse – The 1999 Delaware State Quarter had the horse with extra metal on its mouth, making it look like if it is spitting. This error coin can be between $2-$20 depending on the condition and die crack of the coin.

High and Low Leaf Varieties – The 2004 Wisconsin State Quarters have the leaves in the reverse going in different directions and can cost between $50-$100.

IN GOD WE RUST – The motto for the 2005 Kansas Quarters was missing the letter T in Trust because of grease filling in the said letter and can cost up to $100.

Extra Large Trees and Double Dies – The 2005 Minnesota State Quarters have tree variations identified making the trees appear extra trees in the image that can cost $10-$300 or more.

Cud Errors – The 2006 Colorado State Quarters has an unintentional bump on the reverse caused by a dent in the die used. The size of the cud varies, and cost can be between $5-$35.

Double Die Reverse – As for the 2007 Wyoming State Quarters, the saddle horn has a doubling which is, unfortunately, hard to spot.

Extra Cactus Leaves – The die used in the 2008 Arizona Stsate Quarters broke, causing extra cactus leaves on the reverse. Such coins cost between $10-$20.

Nickel Planchets – State Quarters on Nickel Plankets are common during the 1999 – when the State Quarters were first minted although they show up in any year. Such coins were accidentally struck and minted on nickel planchets. Instead of its diameter 24.3mm, those stuck in nickel plankets were 21.2mm in diameter. Values will depend on the condition of the coin but reach over a thousand dollars.

Other Errors: There are other errors through the years like die breaks, die cuts, grease strike-through errors, missing layers, off-center striking and planchet clipping. Prices for such varies but can very well be between $5-$300 or more.

One can choose to collect 50 State Quarters by design, meaning one state coin minted from Philadelphia or Denver, by the same design from the two mints or as date sets. For those who have limited funds, collectors often choose date sets because they are far more inexpensive.

Usually, one can buy State coins for $12.50 apiece, and $25 for both of the same coins from each state design. As for Uncirculated State Quarters, values varies. One must remember that the price varies and will depend on the condition or grade of the coin.

Sources:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC, The United States Mint, The Fun Times Guide

THE EARLY QUARTERS (1796-1998)

The Twenty Cent Piece

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Minted during the mid to late 1870s, the Twenty Cent Piece caused a stir among the public. The reason behind this was the fact that it resembles the Quarter Dollar in term of size and design. This unusual coin was struck only for four years. The first two years, 1875-1876 were the years the coins were minted for the public while the only coins produced in the last two years were for the collectors.

John P. Jones was the father of the Twenty Cent Piece. He was the one who proposed the creation of the Twenty Cent Piece in 1874. The bill passed the Congress after Jones argued that the said coin will alleviate the nation’s shortage of coins used for small change. The other legislators agreed to the legislation mainly as a sign of support towards Jones. It was later made official when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill on the 3rd of March, 1835.

Henry Lindermann, the current Mint Director of that time, decided to give the Twenty Cent Piece a design on both the obverse and reverse similar to other coins made of silver. The patterns have already been prepared way before the bill was signed as Lindermann already anticipated it.

Pollock sent Linderman patterns for the Twenty Cent Piece and argued that what Lindermann wanted would be too similar to other coins. After some time bickering, Lindermann reigned with the decision and the design was finalized on April 12, 1875. Immediately after that, a revision was issued as the leaves at the right corner of the branch had to be more defined.

Design and Specification

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The designer of the coin was William Barber. It is 22 millimeters in diameter, weighs 5 grams, has a smooth edge and is made up of 90% Silver and 10% Copper.

The obverse the coin features a full body portrait of Miss Liberty facing left, while she’s holding a shield on the one hand and a Phrygian cap on a pole with the other. She’s being surrounded by 13 stars – seven on the left and six on the left, respectively.  The date was inscribed just below Miss Liberty.

For the reverse, an Eagle facing right is seen grasping a single olive branch and a bunch arrows on its talons. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and *TWENTY CENT* are in the form of an above and below the eagle, respectively.

Minting of the Twenty Cent Piece

The Twenty Cent Piece were minted in Philadelphia, Carson City and San Francisco. In San Francisco, the Twenty Cent Piece coins were struck in bulk, reaching 1,155,000 but the production was cut short, and it only lasted for a year in the San Francisco Mint.  There were proof coins minted in 1875, 1876, 1877 and 1878 and were only struck in Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Because of the mass confusion between the Twenty Piece Cent and Quarters, the Twenty Cent Piece’s popularity quickly shut down. To abolish the Twenty Cent piece, legislation was made. It was not signed immediately, but since no one is paying attention to the coin, the US Mint decided to stop the production. Proof coins were only minted in its last two years – 1877 and 1878 for coin collectors.     

It is said that most 1876 Twenty Cents were bought by the Centennial Exposition. Linderman ordered the US Mints to melt the remaining Twenty Cents so they can use it for another denomination. The next day, May 2, 1878, the Congress officially abolished the Twenty Cent Piece. Those that were in circulation continued to be used in public, but by 1890s, only a few were seen.

Varieties and Mintages of the Twenty Piece Cent

Regular Strike

1875 – a total of 36,910 coins minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1875-CC – a total of 133,290 coins minted at the Carson City Mint

1875-S – a total of 1,155,000 coins minted at the San Francisco Mint

1876 – a total of 14,640 coins minted at the Philadelphia  Mint

1876-CC – a total of 10,000 coins minted at the Carson City Mint

Proofs

1875 – a total of 2,790 coins minted at the Philadelphia  Mint

1876 – a total of 1,260 coins minted at the Philadelphia  Mint

1877 – a total of 350 coins minted at the Philadelphia  Mint

1878 – a total of 600 coins minted at the Philadelphia  Mint

Special Strikes

1875-S – a total of 12 coins minted at the San Francisco Mint                                        

Collecting Twenty Cents Pieces

Twenty Cents Pieces are one of today’s favourite coins collected by numismatists. This is according to the 2018 Official Red Book. The reason behind is that the Mints melted most of the Twenty Cents – 1/3 of it.   

The price one has to pay for a Twenty Cent Piece will depend on the grade and condition of the coin. According to PCGS, the price range for 20C graded by PCGS is as follows

Regular Strikes

1875 – $95.00-$29,850

1875 CC – $100.00-$66,500.00

1875 S – $70.00-$67,500

1876 – $150.00-$75,000.00

1876 CC -$150,000.00-$750,000.00

Proofs

1875 – $1,3000.00-$41,000.00

1876 –  $1,100.00-$24,000.00

1877 – $3,800.00-$23,500.00

1878 – $3,400.00-$45,000.00

Special Strike

1875 S -$10,000.00-$100,000.00

References:

NGC Coin, PCGS Coin Facts, PCGS, Numista, Wikipedia

 


Draped Bust Eagles

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1797-10C-Draped Bust (small eagle), Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY 4.0

When the United States Congress signed the Mint Act of 1792 in April 2, 1792, many great things happened. For one, dollars was officially named the standard currency of the United States. In order to produce the dollar currency and regulate the new coinage, the US mint was established.

Each coin was meticulously weighted – mainly because they were made or precious metals, namely Gold and Silver. Mint officials knew how the design, weight, metal composition and overall appearance of each coin could affect not just how the public views it, but the world as well.

One of the very first coins made under the Mint Act of 1792 as the Early Quarter Dollar. This is a new denomination that adopted the Draped Bust design for the head of the Coin which was minted from 1796-1807. Two designs were created thus two types of Draped Bust Quarters were born.

The Draped Bust, Small Eagles

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The first type is the Draped Bust, Small Eagle. The Obverse of the coin featured the Draped Bust design. Miss Liberty is portrayed facing right, with her curly hair flowing and a ribbon on her head. A drapery covers the plunging neckline Miss Liberty is wearing. The legend LIBERTY can be seen on top of the portrait while the date 1796 is below it. 15 stars are arranged in either side of the obverse – 8 on the left, seven on the right.

As for the Reverse, An open wreath made tied in the bottom with a bow encloses a small Eagle perched on a cloud. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the wreath in a form of an arc. This reverse design was only minted for a year, in 1796 at the Philadelphia Mint. The total number of Draped Bust Small Eagles minted were 6,146.

The Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle

Came 1804 and the US Mint decided it was time for the Quarter Dollar to make an appearance, but with a slightly new design which was minted from 1804-1807. A total of 554,899 Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagles were minted. The obverse still featured the Drape design but instead of 15 stars, it went down to 13 – with 7 on the left and 6 on the right, respectively.

As for the reverse. A Heraldic Eagle replaced the small Eagle and the wreath was removed altogether. The reverse has the Great Seal of the United where an Eagle had a shield on its chest while clutching a bunch of arrows and olive branches on its talons. A ribbon is seen on the Eagle’s beak with the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM. 13 stars are above the Eagle, with clouds forming an arc on top of the stars. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination 25 C. are around the eagle. This came to the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle.

All Draped Bust Quarter Dollars were designed by Robert Scot. It has a reeded edge, are 27.50 millimeters in diameter and weighs 6.74 grams. They were made up of 89.2% Silver and 10.8% Copper.

Mintages

Type 1 Draped Bust, Small Eagle

The first type of Draped Bust Quarters was minted only in 1796. No proofs were struck for this series.

Regular Strike

1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle – a total of 6,146 coins minted in the Philadelphia Mint

Type 2 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle

The second type of Draped Bust Eagle was minted from 1804 up until 1807. A total of 554,899 coins were minted during its four-years of production. No proofs were struck, but this series does have an overdate issue – the 1806/5.

Regular Strike

1804 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle – a total of 6,738 coins minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1805 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle – a total of 121,394 coins minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1806 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle – a total of 206,124 coins minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1806/5 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle

1807 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle – a total of 220,643 coins minted in the Philadelphia Mint

Error Coins

The only error coin for the Draped Bust Quarters is the 1806 6/5 overdate. One can tell with one look that the number 6 in the date 1806 was punched over the 5. The price to pay if you wish to collect this beautiful error coin ranges from a few hundred dollars to six figures.

Collecting Draped Bust Eagles

The 1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle is considered as a key issue, no matter what grade it may be. There are two varieties known for the 1796 Quarter – one with the number on the date set high and the other a lower 6. Coin collectors would for signs of wear on Miss Liberty’s hair around the forehead, shoulder and bustline for the obverse, and the breast and top portion of the Eagle’s wings in the reverse.

Being a key issue as well as a landmark of US coins, many have attempted to counterfeit the 1796 Quarter. The said coins were copies of Lower 6 1796 Quarters – with nicks found on above the ER and the last A of AMERICA as well as the 12th star. They even appeared in Boston, during a The 1982 A.N.A. Convention. When collecting 1796 Quarters, one only needs one for a Type set collection.

As for the Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle, collectors will need to collect five coins to complete the series – one from 1804, 1805, 1806, 1087 and the 1806/5 overdate. Signs of wear tear should be inspected on Miss Liberty’s hair above the forehead, her shoulders and bust for the obverse, and the Eagle’s head and top of its wings for the reverse.

One can buy PCGS-graded 1796 Draped Bust Small Eagles around $4,750.00 to $1,000.000. For Draped Bust Heraldic Eagles, you can check below.

1804 – $1,000.00 – $225,000.00

1805 – $225.00 – $100,000.00

1806 – $225.00 – $100,000.00

1806/5 – $250.00 – $235,000.00

1807 – $ 225.00 – $750,000.00

Collecting Draped Bust Quarters is a joy as you can complete a series without much difficulty, especially if you’re not that conservative with the grades of the coin. Having a collection such as these is like holding a piece of history. After all, one of the first quarters issued by the US Mint will be in your possession.

References:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC, USA Coin Book


The Capped Bust Quarters

Eight years after the US Mint stopped the production of the infamous quarters in 1807, a new quarter coin emerged in 1815. The designer of the Capped Bust Quarters was John Reich, a German Engraver. He was one of those who opted to leave his country and went to pursue a carrier as an engraver in the US. He applied at the US Mint in Philadelphia and was accepted as an engraver in the year 1807.

Thanks to Reich, he created coin designs that numismatics claim “he brought Europe to the US coinage.” When tasked to design the new quarter coin, he based the appearance of Miss Liberty to that of a plump European woman.

The Capped Bust Quarter was called as such since Miss Liberty is seen wearing a mob cap with the legend LIBERTY on the band while facing left. She was draped in a cloth secured by a brooch. Seven stars are on her right while six are on the left, having 13 stars in total while the date the coin was minted sits below Miss Liberty’s portrait.

For the reverse, an Eagle is seen perched on a branch, with its head facing left. It has a shield on its chest bearing the Great Seal of the US. The Eagle is clutching three arrows and a ribbon containing the words E PLURIBUS UNUM on it. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination 25 C is on top and below the Eagle. All coins have a reeded edge.

The Two Types of the Capped Bust Quarters and Mintages

Type 1 Capped Bust Quarter, Large Size

All were minted in the Philadelphia Mint from 1812-1828, but not yearly. The design has Reich’s original design which was later modified in the second type. The Type 1 Capped Bust Quarter weighs 6.74 grams, is 27.50 millimetres in diameter and is made up of 89.2% Silver and 10.8% Copper.

Regular Strike

1815 – a total of 89,235 pieces of coins were minted

1818 – a total of 361,174 pieces of coins were minted

1818/5– a total of 361,174 pieces of coins were minted

1819 – a total of 144,000 pieces of coins were minted

1819 Small 9 – a total of 144,000 pieces of coins were minted

1819 Large 9– a total of 144,000 pieces of coins were minted

1820 – a total of 127,444 pieces of coins were minted

1820 Small 0 – a total of 127,444 pieces of coins were minted

1820 Large 0  – a total of 127,444 pieces of coins were minted

1820 Medium 0  – a total of 127,444 pieces of coins were minted

1821 – a total of 216,851 pieces of coins were minted

1822 – a total of 64,080 pieces of coins were minted

1822 25/50C – a total of 64,080 pieces of coins were minted

1823 – a total of 64,080 pieces of coins were minted

1823/2 – a total of 17,800 pieces were minted

1824 – a total of 24,000 pieces of coins were minted

1824/2 – a total of  pieces of coins were minted

1825/4/2 – a total of 144,000 pieces of coins were minted

1828 – a total of 102,000 pieces of coins were minted

1828 25/50C – a total of 102,000 pieces of coins were minted

Proofs

1820 – a total of 10 pieces of coins were minted

1821 – a total of 15 pieces of coins were minted

1822 – a total of 8 pieces of coins were minted

1822 25/50C – a total of 6 pieces of coins were minted

1823/2 – a total of 1 piece of coins were minted

1824/2 – a total of 1 piece of coins were minted

1827/3 Original – a total of 12 pieces of coins were minted

1827/3 Restrike – a total of 20 pieces of coins were minted

1828 – a total of 12 pieces of coins were minted

Type 2 Capped Bust Quarter, Small Size

After 2 years, The US Mint once again minted quarters in a smaller size from 1831-1838. William Kneass was also appointed by Mint Director Samuel Moore to make modifications on the original design. The scroll that contained the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM was removed. Overall, the coin was given a more cameo like appearance, sharpening the devices that in turned, gave it better striking quality. It weighs 6.74 grams, is 24.30 millimeters in diameter and is made up of 89.2% Silver and 10.8% Copper.

Regular Strike

1831 Small Letters – a total of 398,000 pieces of coins were minted

1831 Large Letters – a total of 398,000 pieces of coins were minted

1832 – a total of 320,000 pieces of coins were minted

1833 – a total of 156,000 pieces of coins were minted

1834 – a total of 286,000 pieces of coins were minted

1835 – a total of 1,952,000 pieces of coins were minted

1836 – a total of 472,000 pieces of coins were minted

1837 – a total of 252,400 pieces of coins were minted

1838 Capped Bust – a total of 366,000 pieces of coins were minted

Proofs

1831 Large Letters – a total of 20 pieces of coins were minted

1833 – a total of 5 pieces of coins were minted

1834 – a total of 10 pieces of coins were minted

1835 – a total of 8 pieces of coins were minted

1836 – a total of 5 pieces of coins were minted

1837 – a total of 5 pieces of coins were minted

1838 Capped Bust – a total of 3 pieces of coins were minted

Collected Capped Bust Quarters

One can find signs of wear on Type 1 Capped Bust Quarter Larger Size on Miss Liberty’s hair above the forehead, over her ear, The head of the Eagle and the tail feathers just below the shield. As for the second type, signs of wear can be seen on the hair of Miss Liberty above her eye, the top of her cap, stars, the Eagle’s talons and the arrowheads.

The Price Range of the Capped Bust Quarters will depend on the grade or condition of the coin. Most Based on PCGS’s-graded coins, most Type 1 Capped Bust Quarters can be bought between $42.00-$250,000.00. For Type 2, the price range is between $30.00-$125,000.00.

Collecting Capped Bust Quarters is an enjoyable one as there are many error coins for this. The significant rarities are the 1823/2 overdate and the 1827. The most sought after Capped Bust Quarters are the 1822 25/50C and 1823/2. One is able to acquire a complete set of both types without much difficulty as there are still enough coins available.

References:

NGC Coin, PCGS, PCGS Coin Facts, Coin Mintages, USA CoinBook


The Seated Liberty Quarter

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After the Capped Bust Quarter, a new design emerged made by Christian Gobrecht. The new quarter came to be as the Seated Liberty Dollars which was minted from 1838-1891.

The main design features Miss Liberty facing left, sitting on a rock while wearing a long drapery gown. On her left hand, she is seen holding a pole with a liberty cap on the top while her right hands hold a shield which bears the Great Seal of the US and bearing the legend LIBERTY. An arc of stars is on surrounds her with seven on the left and six on the right respectively. The date is then situated below the full-bodied portrait.

For the reverse, the design was somewhat similar to previous quarters. An Eagle with its wings lightly faces left, and has the Great Seal of the US on its chest. The Eagle is clutching an olive branch and three arrows on its talons. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is on top of the Eagle while the denomination QUAR. DOL. is below it. The coins were minted in three US Mints – Philadelphia (no mint mark), New Orleans (O), San Francisco (S) and Carson City (C), each bearing their respective mint marks.

The new quarters have six types which give coin collectors the opportunity to collect a wide variety of type sets. Each type has the design modified. There are also proof coins to collect in each type, making collecting this type of quarters an exciting experience.

The Five Types of the Liberty Seated Quarters and Mintages

1. Type 1 No Drapery

The first type of Liberty Seated Quarters depicts Miss Liberty with the original design. The coins are made up of 90% Silver and 10% Copper. It weighs 6.74 grams, is 24.30 millimeters and have a reeded edge. These were minted from 1838-1840 at the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mint.

Regular Strike

1838 Seated, No Drapery – a total of 466,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1839 No Drapery – a total of 491,146 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1840-O No Drapery – a total of 382,200 pieces were minted in New Orleans

 

Proofs

1838 Seated, No Drapery – a total of 3 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1839 No Drapery – a total of 2 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

2. Type 2 No Motto

The second type is called No Motto Liberty Seated Dollar because of the absence of the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. Although the first four types also do not contain the motto, this was considered a different subtype. These were minted from 1840-1865 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco Mint.

Regular Strike

1840 Drapery – a total of 188,127 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1840-O Drapery – a total of 43,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1841 – a total of 120,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1841-O – a total of 452,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1842 – a total of 88,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1842-O Large Date – a total of 769,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1842-O Small Date – a total of 769,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1843 – a total of 645,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1843-O – a total of 968,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1844 – a total of 421,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1844-O – a total of 740,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1845 – a total of 922,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1846 – a total of 510,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1847 – a total of 734,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1847-O – a total of 368,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1848 – a total of 146,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1849 – a total of 340,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1849-O – a total of 16,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1850 – a total of 190,800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1850-O – a total of 396,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1851 – a total of 160,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1851-O – a total of 88,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1852 – a total of 177,060 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1852-O – a total of 96,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1853 No Arrows – a total of 44,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1856 – a total of 7,264,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1856-O – a total of 968,000 (9) pieces were minted in New Orleans

1856-S – a total of 286,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1857 – a total of 9,644,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1857-O – a total of  pieces were minted in New Orleans

1857-S – a total of 82,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1858 – a total of 7,368,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1858-O – a total of 520,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1858-S – a total of 121,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1859 – a total of 1,343,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1859-O – a total of 260,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1859-S – a total of 80,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1860 – a total of 804,400 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1860-O – a total of 388,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1860-S – a total of 56,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1861 – a total of 4,853,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1861-S – a total of 96,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1862 – a total of 932,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1862-S – a total of 67,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1863 – a total of 191,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1864 – a total of 93,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1864-S – a total of 20,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1865 – a total of 58,800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1865-S – a total of 41,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

Proofs

1840 Drapery – a total of 5 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1841 – a total of 4 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1842 Small Date – a total of 6 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1843 – a total of 10 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1844 – a total of 5 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1845 – a total of 6 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1846 – a total of 12 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1847 – a total of 10 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1848 – a total of 10 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1849 – a total of 8 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1850 – a total of 3 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1852 – a total of 2 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1856 – a total of 30 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1857 – a total of 40 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1858 – a total of 50 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1859 – a total of 800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1860 – a total of 1000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1861 – a total of 1000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1862 – a total of 550 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1863 – a total of 460 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1864 – a total of 470 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1865 – a total of 500 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

3. Type 3 Arrows and Rays

For the third type, the Liberty Seated quarters had some weight reduced and now weighs 6.30 grams. This type was called rays and arrow because of the arrows added on the obverse, on each side of the date and the rays that were placed all around the Eagle on the reverse. It only lasted for a year, minted in 1853 at the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mint.

Regular Strike

1853 Arrows and Rays – a total of 15,210,020 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1853/4 Arrows and Rays – a total of 15,210,020 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1853-O Arrows and Rays – a total of  pieces were minted in New Orleans

Proofs

1853 Arrows and Rays – a total of 5 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

4. Type 4 No Motto, Arrows, and Date

The third type was modified wherein the rays on the reverse were removed. The coins were minted for two years, from 1854-1855 at the Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City Mint.

Regular Strike

1854 Arrows – a total of 12,380,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1854-O Arrows – a total of 1,484,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1854-O Huge O – a total of 1,484,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1855 Arrows – a total of 2,857,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1855-O Arrows – a total of 176,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1855-S Arrows – a total of 396,400 pieces were minted in San Francisco

Proofs

1854 Arrows – a total of 10 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1855 Arrows – a total of 20 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

Special Strikes

1855-S Arrows – a total of 2 pieces were minted in San Francisco

5. Type 5 With Motto

Finally, by 1866, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was included in the US coins, including the quarter. The weight was lessened to 6.20 grams and the arrows on the date were removed. These coins were minted up until 1891 in Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco Mints.

Regular Strike

1866 Motto – a total of 16,800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1866-S – a total of 28,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1867 – a total of 20,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1867-S – a total of 48,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1868 – a total of 29,400 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1868-S – a total of 96,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1869 – a total of 16,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1869-S – a total of 76,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1870 – a total of 86,400 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1870-CC – a total of 8,340 pieces were minted in Carson City

1871 – a total of 118,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1871-CC – a total of 10,890 pieces were minted in Carson City

1871-S – a total of 30,900 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1872 – a total of 182,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1872-CC – a total of 22,850 pieces were minted in Carson City

1872-S – a total of 83,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1873 No Arrows, Closed 3 – a total of 40,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1873 No Arrows, Open 3 – a total of 172,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1873-CC No Arrows – a total of 4,000 pieces were minted in Carson City

1875 – a total of 4,292,800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1875-CC – a total of 140,000 pieces were minted in Carson City

1875-S – a total of 680,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1876 – a total of 17,816,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1876-CC – a total of 4,944,000 pieces were minted in Carson City

1876-S – a total of 8,596,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1877 – a total of 10,911,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1877-CC – a total of 4,192,000 pieces were minted Carson City

1877-S – a total of 8,996,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1877-S/S S/Horizontal S – a total of 8,996,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1878 – a total of 2,260,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1878-CC – a total of 996,000 pieces were minted in Carson City

1878-S – a total of 140,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1879 – a total of 13,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1880 – a total of 13,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1881 – a total of 12,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1882 – a total of 15,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1883 – a total of 14,400 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1884 – a total of 8,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1885 – a total of 13,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1886 – a total of 5,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1887 – a total of 10,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1888 – a total of 10,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1888-S – a total of 1,216,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

1889 – a total of 12,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1890 – a total of 80,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1891 – a total of 3,920,600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1891-O – a total of 68,000 pieces were minted in New Orleans

1891-S – a total of 2,216,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

Proofs

1866 Motto – a total of 725 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1867 – a total of 625 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1868 – a total of 600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1869 – a total of 600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1870 – a total of 1,000 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1871 – a total of 960 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1872 – a total of 950 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1873 No Arrows – a total of 600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1875 – a total of 700 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1876 – a total of 1,150 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1877 – a total of 510 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1878 – a total of 800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1879 – a total of 800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1880 – a total of 1,355 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1881 – a total of 975 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1882 – a total of 1,100 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1883 – a total of 1,039 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1884 – a total of 875 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1885 – a total of 930 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1886 – a total of 886 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1887 – a total of 710 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1888 – a total of 800 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1889 – a total of 711 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1890 – a total of 590 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1891 – a total of 600 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

6. Type 6 With Motto, Arrows and Date

The last type features the arrows on the date again along with the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. The weight went back to 6.30 and the coins were minted from 1873-1874 at the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carson City Mint.

Regular Strike

1873 Arrows – a total of 1,271,160 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1873-CC Arrows – a total of 12,462 Carson City

1873-S Arrows – a total of 156,000 San Francisco

1874 Arrows – a total of 471,200 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1874-S Arrows – a total of 392,000 pieces were minted in San Francisco

Proofs

1873 Arrows – a total of 540 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

1874 Arrows – a total of 850 pieces were minted in Philadelphia

Collecting The Liberty Seated Quarter

Collectors can collect the Liberty Seated Quarter in many ways than one, thanks to its many types, proofs and errors. One won’t have a hard time collecting as circulated coins are readily available in Grades Good to Extremely Fine.

When grading the Liberty Seated Quarters, the points to check for wear are Miss Liberty’s hair, breast and knees for the obverse, and the Eagle’s neck, claws and Top of the wings. Some of the key dates that most-sought after by collectors are the 1870-CC, 1871-CC, 1872-S and the 1873-CC w/Arrows. These four are consistent when it comes to increase in value.

Most coins that were minted in Carson City are considered hard to obtain since these are a lot more difficult to locate. One can buy Seated Liberty Quarters from $15.00 up to $2000,000.00 depending on the grade of the coin. For the complete price range set by PCGS-graded coins, one can check the link below.

https://www.pcgs.com/prices/priceguidedetail.aspx?c=109&title=liberty+seated+quarter

References

PCGS, PCGS CointFacts, NGC Coin, US Coins Values Advisor and US Rare Coins


The Barber Quarters

In the year 1892, the quarter was given a makeover. James P. Kimball, US Mint Director in 1887 wanted to change the designs of the coin, saying they were already out of date. Because of this, Senator Justin Morill suggested a bill that would redesign the US coins every after 25 years without the need to obtain the Congress’ approval. The bill was approved and was passed in 1890.

For the new designs, a contest was held even if Charles Barber was not keen about this. In the end, the results were disastrous and Barber got to design the new coins himself. Under the new Mint Director’s support, Edward Leech, he went to work on the new designs.

photographer from MTB, 1893 Barber quarter, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

On the obverse of the coin, Miss Liberty adopted the style similar to that of the Morgan Dollar, but Miss Liberty’s portrait is now facing right. She is seen wearing a Phrygian cap that has a laurel wreath. Her hair is tied at the back using a ribbon. 13 stars litter her side, with 6 on the left and 7 on the right, respectively. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST and the date below the portrait.

photographer from Kagin’s (the auction house), Barber quarter reverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

As for the reverse, Barber adapted the Great Seal of the US. A heraldic Eagle is facing left while it is holding an Olive branch and arrows on its talons. The great seal of the US in the Eagle’s chest and a ribbon is on its mouth with the legend El Pluribus written on it. 13 stars are above the above the Eagle’s head, while the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR surrounds the Eagle.

The quarter was named the Barber Quarters after its designer. The coins are made up of 90% SIlver and 10% Copper. Each weighs 6.30 grams, is 24.30 millimeters and has a reeded edge. These were minted from 1892-1915 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans (O), San Francisco (S) and Denver Mint (D), each bearing their respective mint marks.

Mintages and Mint Marks

Regular Strike

1892 – a total of 8,236,000  pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1892-O – a total of 2,640,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1892-S – a total of 964,079 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1893 – a total of 5,444,023 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1893-O – a total of 3,396,000  pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1893-S – a total of 1,454,535 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1894 – a total of  3,432,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1894-O – a total of 2,852,000  pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1894-S – a total of  2,648,821 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1895 – a total of  4,440,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1895-O – a total of  2,816,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1895-S – a total of  1,764,681 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1896 – a total of  3,874,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1896-O – a total of  1,484,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1896-S – a total of  188,039 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1897 – a total of  8,140,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1897-O – a total of  1,414,800 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1897-S – a total of  542,229 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1898 – a total of  11,100,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1898-O – a total of  1,868,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1898-S – a total of  1,020,592 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1899 – a total of  12,624,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1899-O – a total of  2,644,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1899-S – a total of  708,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1900 – a total of  10,016,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1900-O – a total of  3,416,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1900-S – a total of  1,858,585 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1901 – a total of  8,892,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1901-O – a total of  1,612,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1901-S – a total of  72,664 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1902 – a total of  12,196,967 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1902-O – a total of  4,748,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1902-S – a total of  1,524,612 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1903 – a total of  9,669,309 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1903-O – a total of  3,500,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1903-S – a total of  1,036,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1904 – a total of  9,588,143 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1904-O – a total of  2,456,000 pieces were minted at the

1905 – a total of  4,967,523 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1905-O – a total of  1,230,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1905-S – a total of  1,884,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1906 – a total of  3,655,760 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1906-D – a total of  3,280,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1906-O – a total of  2,056,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1907 – a total of  7,192,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1907-D – a total of  2,484,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1907-O – a total of  4,560,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1907-S – a total of  1,360,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1908 – a total of  4,232,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1908-D – a total of  5,788,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1908-O – a total of  6,244,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1908-S – a total of  784,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1909 – a total of  9,268,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1909-D – a total of  5,114,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1909-O – a total of  712,000 pieces were minted at the New Orleans

1909-S – a total of  1,348,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1910 – a total of  2,244,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1910-D – a total of  1,500,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1911 – a total of  3,720,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1911-D – a total of  933,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1911-S – a total of  988,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1912 – a total of  4,400,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1912-S – a total of  708,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1913 – a total of  484,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1913-D – a total of  1,450,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1913-S – a total of  40,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1914 – a total of  6,244,230 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1914-D – a total of  3,046,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1914-S – a total of  264,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1915 – a total of  3,480,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1915-D – a total of  3,694,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1915-S – a total of  704,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1916 Barber – a total of  1,788,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1916-D – a total of  6,540,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

1892 – a total of  1,245 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1893 – a total of  792 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1894 – a total of  972 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1895 – a total of  880 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1896 – a total of  762 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1897 – a total of  731 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1898 – a total of  735 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1899 – a total of  846 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1900 – a total of  912 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1901 – a total of  813 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1902 – a total of  777 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1903 – a total of  755 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1904 – a total of  670 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1905 – a total of  727 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1906 – a total of  675 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1907 – a total of  575 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1908 – a total of  545 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1909 – a total of  650 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1910 – a total of  551 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1911 – a total of  543 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1912 – a total of  700 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1913 – a total of  613 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1914 – a total of  380 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1915 – a total of  450 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

Collecting Barber Quarters

When collecting Barber Quarters, one should check for signs of wear on Miss Liberty’s hair above the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and puffs of her cap and on the reverse, the Eagle’s head, the tip of its wings and tails. Typeset collectors will have a great time collecting Barber Quarters as these coins can easily be found in Good to Fine conditions.

Some of the most sought-after Barber Quarters are the 1901-S, 1896-S and 1913-S that are rare and pricey in any grade or condition. Prices will depend on the rarity and condition of the coins, but as per PCGS-graded coins, $11.00-$120,000.00. For a guide, you may check the link below.

https://www.pcgs.com/prices/priceguidedetail.aspx?c=716&title=barber+quarter&MS=4

References

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC Coin, USA CoinBook


The Standing Liberty Quarters

United States Mint; Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Standing Liberty Quarter, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

After the coins designed by Barber stood the test of time, the public is very much ready for a new design. And so, a competition was held to determine the new draft of the US coins. In the end, Hermon Atkins MacNeil won the contest. He was a prominent sculptor famous for his works which included public monuments and buildings.

For the obverse, the new quarter feature Miss Liberty standing with her head facing right. She was holding a shield on her left arm in the posture that portrays protection. On her right hand, a drapery is drawn from the shield while holding a single olive branch. Though this portrait sends a mixed signal, it portrays that the US is ready for almost anything, be it peace or war. The legend LIBERTY is on the top, while the motto IN GOD WE TRUST runs in the middle of the coin from left to right. 13 stars are on Miss Liberty’s side, with seven on the left and six on the right respectively. The mintage date rests on the bottom of the obverse.

For the reverse, an American Eagle is on full flight facing right, having five stars each on the left and right. Another set of three stars rests below the Eagle while the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR is on the lowest part of the coin. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM are placed on top of the Eagle.

Because of MacNeil’s depiction of Miss Liberty, the new quarter came to be known as the Standing Liberty Quarter. These were minted from 1916-1930 at the US Mints located at the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver, although no quarters were minted in 1922.

Each coin bears the mint mark of the respective mint that produced them. Coins that were minted in Philadelphia bears no mint mark, while quarters minted at the San Francisco and Denver Mint each bears the mint marks S and D respectively.

One can find the mint mark on the left side of the date in the obverse, while the designer’s initial (M) is to the right. Each coin weighs 6.30 grams, is 24.30 millimeters in diameter, is made up of 90% Silver and 10% Copper, and has a reeded edge.

There are two types of the Standing Liberty Quarters, but the second type is considered to have two subtypes as there have been adjustments made for the second type. Many Standing Liberty Quarters have Full Head examples that bring considerable amount due to its considerable premiums.

The Two Types of the Standing Liberty Quarters and Mintages

1. Type 1 No Stars Below The Eagle Standing Liberty Quarters

The first type was only minted from 1916-1917. The original design had no three stars underneath the Eagle on the reverse. Despite its short mintage years, the first type was minted in the three US Mints – Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.

Regular Strike

1916 Standing Liberty – a total of 52,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia Mint

1917 Type 1 – a total of 8,740,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia Mint

1917-D Type 1 – a total of 1,509,200 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1917-S Type 1 – a total of 1,952,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

2. Type 2A Stars Below the Eagle (Pedestal Date)

The first of the Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarter has Miss Liberty covered with a chain mail, and the Eagle positioned more on the center of the coin. Also, three stars were placed beneath the Eagle. The first type of the Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarters were minted from 1917-1924 at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mint. No proofs were produced.

Regular Strike

1917 Type 2 – a total of 13,880,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1917-D Type 2 – a total of 6,224,400 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1917-S Type 2 – a total of 5,552,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1918 – a total of 14,240,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1918-D – a total of 7,380,000 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1918-S – a total of 11,072,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1918/7-S – a total of 11,072,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1919 – a total of 11,324,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1919-D – a total of 1,944,000 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1919-S – a total of 1,836,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1920 – a total of 27,860,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1920-D – a total of 3,586,400 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1920-S – a total of 6,380,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1921 – a total of 1,916,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1923 – a total of 9,716,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1923-S – a total of 1,360,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1924 – a total of 10,920,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1924-D – a total of 3,112,000 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1924-S – a total of 2,860,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

3. Type 2B Stars Below Eagle (Recessed Date)

The second subtype of Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarter had recessed dates as a form of extra protection again wear. These were minted from 1925-1930 in the three US Mints Philadel, San Francisco and Denver.

Regular Strike

1925 – a total of 12,280,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1926 – a total of 11,316,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1926-D – a total of 1,716,000 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1926-S – a total of 2,700,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1927 – a total of 11,912,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1927-D – a total of 976,000 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1927-S – a total of 396,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1928 – a total of 6,336,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1928-D – a total of 1,627,600 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1928-S – a total of 2,644,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1929 – a total of 11,140,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1929-D – a total of 1,358,000 pieces were produced in the Denver Mint

1929-S – a total of 1,764,000 pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

1930 – a total of 5,632,000 pieces were produced in the Philadelphia

1930-S – a total of 1,556,000  pieces were produced in the San Francisco Mint

Collecting Standing Liberty Quarters

When collecting MacNeil’s Standing Liberty Quarters, the areas where you one needs to find signs of wear would be Miss Liberty’s right knee, the center of her shield, the Eagle’s breast and its left wing. Collectors will see that those coins with full heads are considered to be scarcer, and fully struck specimens are considered to be more substantial in price.

Some of the key dates for the Standing Liberty Quarters are the Type 1 1916, Type 2A 1918-S 8 over 7 overdate, 1920-S, 1926-S and Type 2B 1926-S. The rarest of them all is the Type 2A 1918-S 8 over 7 overdate which resulted from two hubs with different dates in them were used in preparing a single obverse die.

For PCGS-graded Standing Liberty Quarters, one can buy them between $8.00-$250,000.00. Even if the error coin Type 2A 1918-S 8 over 7 overdate is the rarest, it is the first one, the 1916 Standing Liberty that is priced the highest.

Sources:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC Coin, Coin Study


The Washington Quarters

B.R. Grossardt, Wikipedia Washington Quarters Obverse Designs, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

Even if the Standing Liberty Quarters have only been used for about 15 years, it suffered an early demise as a new quarter coin was proposed in accordance to Gorge Washington’s 200th birthday. The first President of the United States will feature as the new obverse of the quarters as circulating commemorative coins.

Like the other coins before it, a competition was held wherein a New York Sculptor; John Flanagan was picked. The final design had a portrait showing the head Washington facing left. The legend LIBERTY is above him, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST just under his chin and the date below the portrait.

For the reverse, a modern Eagle is perched on a series of arrows. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM is above the Eagle while a wreath under it and the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR written below the Eagle.

The coins were minted from 1932 up until today at the US Mints located in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver. There are four types of the Washington Quarter according to PCGS Coin Facts. The main differences were the metal used in the coins and the facts that one type is proofs, while two are Bicentennials. Each coin weighs 6.30 grams, are 24.30 in diameter, and has a reeded edge.

The Four Types of Washington Quarters are as follows.

1. Type 1 Silver Washington Quarters

Minted from 1932-1964 and 1992-1998, it consists of regular, proof and special strike coins with a series of errors and varieties. These were minted in the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints. This type was intended to be a commemorative coin, but since the public gave the currency a warm welcome, is was minted to be a regular-issued quarter coin. The coins consisted of 90% Silver and 10% Copper.

Regular Strike

1932 – a total of 5,404,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1932-D – a total of 436,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1932-S – a total of 408,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1934 Medium Motto – a total of 31,912,052 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1934 Light Motto  pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint- a total of 31,912,052 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1934 Doubled Die Obverse – a total of  pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1934 Heavy Motto – a total of 31,912,052 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1934-D – a total of 3,527,200 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1934-D Heavy Motto – a total of 3,527,200 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1935 – a total of 32,484,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1935-D – a total of 5,780,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1935-S – a total of 5,660,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1936 – a total of 41,300,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1936-D – a total of 5,374,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1936-S – a total of 3,828,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1937 – a total of 19,696,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1937 Doubled Die Obverse – a total of 19,696,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1937-D – a total of 7,189,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1937-S – a total of 1,652,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1938 – a total of 9,472,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1938-S – a total of 2,832,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1939 – a total of 33,540,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1939-D – a total of 7,092,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1939-S – a total of 2,628,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1940 – a total of 35,704,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1940-D – a total of 2,797,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1940-S – a total of 8,244,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1941 – a total of 79,032,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1941-D – a total of 16,714,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1941-S – a total of 16,080,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1942 – a total of 102,096,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1942-D – a total of 17,487,200 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1942-D Doubled Die Obverse – a total of 17,487,200 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1942-S – a total of 19,384,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1943 – a total of 99,700,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1943 Doubled Die – a total of 99,700,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1943-D – a total of 16,095,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1943-S – a total of 21,700,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1943-S Doubled Die Obverse – n/a

1944 – a total of 104,956,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1944-D – a total of 14,600,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1944-S – a total 12,560,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1945 – a total of 74,372,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1945-D – a total of 12,341,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1945-S – a total of 17,004,001 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1946 – a total of 53,436,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1946-D – a total of 9,072,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1946-S – a total of 4,204,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1947 – a total of 22,556,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1947-D – a total of 15,338,400 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1947-S – a total of 5,532,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1948 – a total of 35,196,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1948-D – a total of 16,766,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1948-S – a total of 15,960,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1949 – a total of 9,312,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1949-D – a total of 10,068,400 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1950 – a total of 24,920,126 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1950-D – a total of 21,075,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1950-D/S – a total of 21,075,600 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1950-S – a total of 10,284,004 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1950-S/D – a total of 10,284,004 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1951 – a total of 43,448,102 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1951-D – a total of 35,354,800 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1951-S – a total of 9,048,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1952 – a total of 38,780,093 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1952-D – a total of 49,795,200 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1952-S – a total of 13,707,800 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1953 – a total of 18,536,120 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1953-D – a total of 56,112,400 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1953-S – a total of 14,016,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1954 – a total of 54,412,203 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1954-D – a total of 42,305,500 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1954-S – a total of 11,834,722 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1955 – a total of 18,180,181 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1955-D – a total of 3,182,400 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1956 – a total of 44,144,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1956-D – a total of 32,334,500 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1957 – a total of 46,532,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1957-D – a total of 77,924,160 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1958 – a total of 6,360,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1958-D – a total of 78,124,900 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1959 – a total of 24,384,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1959-D – a total of 62,054,232 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1960 – a total of 29,164,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1960-D – a total of 63,000,324 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1961 – a total of 37,036,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1961-D – a total of 83,656,928 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1962 – a total of 36,156,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1962-D – a total of 127,554,756 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1963 – a total of 74,316,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1963-D – a total of 135,288,184 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1964 – a total of 560,390,585 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1964-D – a total of 704,135,528 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

1936 – a total of 3,837 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1937 – a total of 5,542 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1938 – a total of 8,045 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1939 – a total of 8,795 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1940 – a total of 11,246 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1941 – a total of 15,287 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1942 – a total of 21,123 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1950 – a total of 51,386 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1951 – a total of 57,500 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1952 – a total of 81,980 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1953 – a total of 128,800 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1954 – a total of 233,300 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1955 – a total of 378,200 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1956 – a total of 669,384 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1957 – a total of 1,247,952 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1958 – a total of 875,652 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1959 – a total of 1,149,291 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1960 – a total of 1,691,602 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1961 – a total of 3,028,244 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1962 – a total of 3,218,019 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1963 – a total of 3,075,645 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1964 – a total of 3,950,762 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

Special Strikes

1964 SMS – n/a

2. Type 1 Silver Proof

Minted from 1992-1998, all were made at the San Francisco Mint, and are made up of 90% Silver, 10% Copper.

Proofs

1992-S Silver – a total of 1,317,579 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1993-S Silver – a total of 761,353 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1994-S Silver – a total of 785,329 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1995-S Silver – a total of 838,953 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1996-S Silver – n/a

1997-S Silver – n/a

1998-S Silver – n/a

3. Type 2 Clad

By 1965, the Washington Quarters were minted with 75% Copper, 25% Nickel over a pure Copper centre as the price of Silver exceeded its face value. These were minted at the three US Mints from 1965 up until 1998, wherein only proofs were minted at the San Francisco Mint. There are no rarities in this series.

Regular Strike

1965 – a total of 1,819,717,540 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1966 – a total of 821,101,500 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1967 – a total of 1,524,031,848 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1968 – a total of 220,731,500 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1968-D – a total of 101,534,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1969 – a total of 176,212,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1969-D – a total of 114,372,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1970 – a total of 136,420,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1970-D – a total of 417,341,364 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1971 – a total of 109,284,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1971-D – a total of 258,634,428 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1972 – a total of 215,048,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1972-D – a total of 311,067,732 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1973 – a total of 346,924,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1973-D – a total of 232,977,400 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1974 – a total of 801,456,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1974-D – a total of 353,160,300 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1977 – a total of 468,556,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1977-D – a total of 256,524,978 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1978 – a total of 521,452,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1978-D – a total of 287,373,152 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1979 – a total of 515,708,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1979-D – a total of 489,789,780 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1980-P – a total of 635,832,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1980-D – a total of 518,327,487 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1981-P – a total of 601,716,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1981-D – a total of 575,722,833 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1982-P – a total of 500,931,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1982-D – a total of 480,042,788 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1983-P – a total of 673,535,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1983-D – a total of 617,806,446 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1984-P – a total of 676,545,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1984-D – a total of 546,483,064 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1985-P – a total of 775,818,962 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1985-D – a total of 519,962,888 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1986-P – a total of 551,199,333 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1986-D – a total of 504,298,660 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1987-P – a total of 582,499,481 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1987-D – a total of 655,594,696 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1988-P – a total of 562,052,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1988-D – a total of 596,810,688 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1989-P – a total of 512,868,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1989-D – a total of 896,535,597 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1990-P – a total of 613,792,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1990-D – a total of 927,638,181 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1991-P – a total of 570,968,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1991-D – a total of 630,966,693 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1992-P – a total of 384,764,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1992-D – a total of 389,777,107 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1993-P – a total of 639,276,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1993-D – a total of 645,476,128 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1994-P – a total of 825,600,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1994-D – a total of 880,034,110 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1995-P – a total of 1,004,336,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1995-D – a total of 1,103,216,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1996-P – a total of 906,868,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1996-D – a total of 595,740,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1997-P – a total of 599,680,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1997-D – a total of 896,268,000 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

1998-P – a total of 821,000,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1998-D – a total of 3,041,506 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

1968-S – a total of 3,041,506 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1969-S – a total of 2,934,631 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1970-S – a total of 2,632,810 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1971-S – a total of 3,220,733 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1972-S – a total of 3,300,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1973-S – a total of 2,760,339 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1974-S – a total of 2,612,568 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1977-S – a total of 3,251,152 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1978-S – a total of 3,127,781 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1979-S Type 1 – a total of 3,677,175 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1979-S Type 2 – a total of 3,677,175 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1980-S – a total of 3,554,806 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1981-S Type 1 – a total of 4,063,083 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1981-S Type 2 – a total of 4,063,083 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1982-S – a total of 3,857,479 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1983-S – a total of 3,279,126 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1984-S – a total of 3,065,110 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1985-S – a total of 3,362,821 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1986-S – a total of 3,010,497 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1987-S – a total of 4,227,728 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1988-S – a total of 3,262,948 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1989-S – a total of 3,220,194 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1990-S – a total of 3,299,559 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1991-S – a total of 2,867,787 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1992-S – a total of 2,858,981 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1993-S – a total of 2,633,439 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1994-S – a total of 2,484,594 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1995-S – a total of 2,010,384 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

1996-S – n/a

1997-S – a total of 1,975,000

1998-S – n/a

Special Strikes

1965 SMS – a total of 2,300,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1966 SMS – a total of 2,200,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1967 SMS – a total of 1,800,000 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

4. Type 3 Clad, Bi-Centennial Reverse

By the year 1976, it was considered the 200th anniversary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence even if it ended in 1783. For this reason, a few US coins were created to commemorate this event. The obverse will feature a dual date (1776-1976 while the reverse features a colonial drummer boy.

This type was only minted for a year – in 1976 at the three US Mints. These were made up of 75% Copper, 25% Nickel over a pure Copper center and were designed by John Flanagan.

Regular Strike

1976 Clad – a total of 809,784,016 pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint

1976-D Clad – a total of 860,118,839 pieces were minted at the Denver Mint

Proofs

1976-S Clad – a total of 7,059,099 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

4. Type 4 Silver, Bi-Centennial Reverse

On the same year, 1976, the Bicentennial Reverse was resurrected and were composed of 40% Silver and 60% Copper. These were all minted at the San Francisco Mint.

Regular Strike

1976-S 25C Silver – a total of 11,000,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

Proofs

1976-S 25C Silver – a total of 4,000,000 pieces were minted at the San Francisco Mint

Collecting Washington Quarters

Coin collectors would find it easy enough to collect Washington Quarters at any grade, but Mint States quarters are popular. One should look for signs of wear on Washington’s hair, ear and the Eagle’s breast.

Because of the long mintages, there are a couple of errors and varieties that one would find interesting to collect. Major varieties includes Doubled Die Obverses, Over-Mint Marks, Heavy, Medium and Light Mottos. The key dates are the 1932-D, 1932-S, 1934 Light Motto, 1934 Heavy Motto, 1934 Doubled Die Obverse (DDO) 1936-D, 1937 Doubled Die Obverse, 1942-D Doubled Die Obverse, 1943 Doubled Die Obverse, 1943-S Doubled Die Obverse, 1950-D D/S (D Over S Repunched Mintmark), 1950-S S/D (S Over D Repunched Mintmark), Type 1 and 2 Mintmarks of Proof 1979-S and 1981-S.

The price on has to pay when it comes to Washington Quarters will depend on its grade or condition and rarity among others. One can buy PCGS-graded Washington Quarters from $4.00-40,000.00. For a price guide, you may check the link below

https://www.pcgs.com/prices/priceguidedetail.aspx?c=112&title=washington+quarter&MS=4&PR=2

Sources:

PCGS, PCGS Coin Facts, NGC, WashingtonQuarters.com

The Classic Head $5

In 1834, the US Mint created new designs for the US Gold Coins in circulation. The Act of June 28, 1834, was the one responsible for the reduction of the gold coins weight and metal composition. Before, the Gold $5 coin which was the Capped Bust $5 weighs 8.75 grams and was composed of 91.7% Gold and 7.3% Copper. The new $5 coins were 8.24 grams and are now made up of 89.9% Gold and 10.1% Copper.

Samuel Moore, US Mint Director at that time appointed US Mint Engraver William Kneass to prepare the new designs that are entirely different from the previous issues. For the obverse, Kneass created a design where a tousled-haired Miss Liberty was facing left. She was wearing a headband with the word LIBERTY inscribed on it. 13 stars surrounds the profile portrait of Miss Liberty while the date sits below it.

For the reverse, the image of a Heraldic Eagle with the Great Seal of the United States on its chest was featured. The Eagle is seen clutching an olive branch and three arrows on its talons while the words the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination 5 D. encircles the Eagle. Moore omitted the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The design of the Classic Head $5 was continuously changed as some US Mint officials felt unsatisfied with Kneass’ idea. When Kneass’s health deteriorated, Christian Gobrecht was tasked to take his place and went on modifying the design up until 1836.

The Classic Head $5 were minted in US Mints located in Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Dahlonega. Coins bear the mintmarks C and D Charlotte and Dahlonega Mints respectively while those minted in Philadelphia bears no mintmarks.

The Classic Head $5 has a reeded edge, weighs 8.34 grams, are 22.50mm in diameter and has a metal composition of 89.9% Gold and 10.1% Copper. These were minted from 1834-1836 only. Despite its five short years of production, there were a series of varieties that emerged – one of which are changes in the hair of Miss Liberty.

Varieties, Mint Marks and Mintages of the Classic Head $5

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1834-G$5-Classic Head, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

Regular Strike

1834 – 657,460 pieces were minted in the Philadelphia Mint

  •    1834 Classic-Plain 4
  •    1834 Classic-Cross 4

1835 – 371,534 pieces were minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1836 – 553,147 pieces were minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1837 – 286,588 pieces were minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1838-C – 17,179 pieces were minted in the Charlotte Mint

1838-D – 20,583 pieces were minted in the Dahlonega Mint

Proofs

1834 Classic-Plain 4 – minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1835 – minted in the Philadelphia Mint

1836 – minted in the Philadelphia Mint

Collecting Classic Head $5

With regards to Classic Head $5 Gold Coins, these are more affordable compared than the Classic Head $2.5 Gold Coins since these have a higher number of coins produced. It is also not impossible for gold coin collectors to find and complete the series. Two of the most sought-after Classic Head $5 are those minted in Charlotte and Dahlonega.

The highest-priced Classic Head $5 in Mint State are those dated 1834 Plain 4, 1837 and 1838. One can obtain PCGS-graded Classic Head $5 in Mint State for a minimum of $450.00 and up to $285,000.00. For Proofs, prices start at $40,000.00 and up to $$875,000.00.

References:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC Coin

The Capped Bust $5

After the Draped Bust $5, a new design emerged in 1807 – the Capped Bust $5. When Robert Pattinson succeed US Mint Director Henry DeSaussere, he appointed a German Engraver named John Reich as Robert Scot’s assistant. Scot has been securing his position as Chief Engraver for years, but as he gets older, Mint Officials have been wary that no one would be talented enough to take his position. Despite Scot’s persistence, DeSaussere hired Reich as his assistant but was only allowed other tasks that did not include creating designs for the coins.

Reich’s ability was recognized even by then-President Thomas Jefferson that when Reich decided to return to Europe, DeSaussere did everything just to make him stay. He was offered the permanent position and was now task to redesign all US coins – including the $5 Gold coin.

Reich’s design for the new $5 Gold coin came to be known as the Capped Bust $5. On the obverse, Miss Liberty is seen facing left while wearing a cloth cap with the word LIBERTY written across it. Seven stars are on the left side of the coin and 6 on the other while the date lies just beneath the profile bust. Miss Liberty now looks more like a European woman with her hair resting on her shoulders.

For the reverse,  Heraldic Eagle with the Great Seal of the United States is seen with its widespread wings while clutching a branch of an olive brand and three arrows on its talons. E PLURIBUS UNUM is inscribed on a ribbon just above the Eagle’s head. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the Eagle in a form of an arc while the denomination 5 D. is below.

Types, Varieties, and Mintages of the Capped Bust $5

Type 1 Large Bust, Capped Bust $5

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1807-G$5-Capped Bust, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

The first type was minted from 1807-1812. The overall size of Miss Liberty’s head was enlarged while the cap she was wearing was lowered. All dates have high mintages and a number of variations were made for the Type 1 Capped Bust $5 but no Proofs were made.

Regular Strike

1807 Bust Left – 51,605 pieces were minted

1808 – 55,578 pieces were minted

  •    1808/7

1809 – 33,875 pieces were minted

  •    1809/8

1810 – 100,287 pieces were minted

  •    1810 Small Date, Small 5
  •    1810 Small Date, Tall 5
  •    1810 Large Date, Small 5
  •    1810 Large Date, Large 5

1811 – 99,581 pieces were minted

  •    1811 Small 5
  •    1811 Tall 5

1812 – 58,087 pieces were minted

Type 2 Small Bust, Large Diameter Capped Bust $5

 

 

Coin: John Reich, Image by Lost Dutchman Rare Coins, 1818 half eagle obverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 3.0 US
Coin: John Reich, Image by Lost Dutchman Rare Coins, 1818 half eagle reverse, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 3.0 US

Starting 1813, Miss Liberty’s décolletage was eliminated while the size and shape of her cap were also altered. as for the reverse, aside from the positioning of the arrows and the structure of wings, only minimal changes were made. The Type 2 Capped Bust $5 were minted from 1813-1829. No coins were dated 1816 and 1817.

Regular Strike

1813 – 95,428 pieces were minted     –

1814 – 15,454 pieces were minted

  •    1814/3

1815 – 635 pieces were minted

1818 – 48,588 pieces were minted

  •    1818
  •    1818 5D/50
  •    1818 STATESOF

1819 – 51,723 pieces were minted

  •    1819
  •    1819 5D/50

1820 – 263,806 pieces were minted

  •    1820 Square 2
  •    1820 Curl 2-Small Letters
  •    1820 Curl 2-Large Letters

1821 – 34,631 pieces were minted

1822 – 17,796 pieces were minted

1823 – 14,485 pieces were minted

1824 – 17,340 pieces were minted

1825 – 29,060 pieces were minted

  •    1825/4/1
  •    1825/4

1826 – 18,069 pieces were minted

1827 – 24,913 pieces were minted

1828 – 28,029 pieces were minted

  •    1828/7

1829 – 25,375 pieces were minted

  •    1829 Large Size

Proofs

1820 – 5 pieces were minted

1821 – 3 pieces were minted

1825/1 – 3 pieces were minted

1826 – 3 pieces were minted

1828 – 5 pieces were minted

1829 Large Size – 5 pieces were minted

Type 3 Small Diameter Capped Bust $5

The third and last type of the Capped Bust $5 now has a closed collar which resulted in uniform diameter among all coins struck. Minting started from 1829 up until 1834. Many variations were produced like a different number of stars in the obverse and large and small dates. Modifications were made to accommodate the new technology in striking the coins.

Regular Strike

1829 – 32,076 pieces were minted

  •    1829 Small Size

1830 – 126,351 pieces were minted

  •    1830 Small 5D
  •    1830 Large 5D

1831 – 140,594 pieces were minted

  •    1831 Small 5D
  •    1831 Large 5D

1832 – 157,487 pieces were minted

  •    1832 12 Stars
  •    1832 13 Stars

1833 – 193,630 pieces were minted

  •    1833 Large Date
  •    1833 Small Date

1834 – 50,141 pieces were minted

  •    1834 Capped-Plain 4
  •    1834 Capped-Cross 4

Proofs

1829 Small Size – 5 pieces were minted

1830 – 3 pieces were minted

1831 – 3 pieces were minted

1832 – 3 pieces were minted

1833 Large Date – 5 pieces were minted

Collecting Capped Bust $5    

The Capped Bust $5 can be pricey – much like any US Gold Coins. For the Type 1 series, variations include 1808/7 and 1809/8 overdates aside from the different-sized dates and denominations. One can buy PCGS-graded Type 1 Capped Bust $5 in Mint State from $1,750.00-300,000.00.

One can buy PCGS-graded Type 2 Capped Bust $5 in Mint State from $3,250.00-$850,000.00 and for $1,000,000.00-$2,000,000.00 Proofs.

One can buy PCGS-graded Type 3 Capped Bust $5 in Mint State from $18,500.00-$600,000.00 and for $175,000.00-$1,500,000.00 for Proofs.

References:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC Coin, USA Coin Book

The Draped Bust $5

In 1795, the US Mint Director David Rittenhouse was succeeded by Henry DeSaussure. The aforementioned wanted to improve the design of the coin currently in circulation, so he appointed Robert Scot, current US Mint Chief Engraver of that time to get the designs ready. By the 31st of July of the same year, brand new $5 coins emerged as Half Eagles – the very first series of Gold Coins minted by the United States Mint.

Scot featured Miss Liberty facing right with her hair arranged while wearing a large cap. Ten stars are on the left side of the obverse while five stars are on the left after the word LIBERTY. The date is then inscribed on the bottom of the obverse.

As for the reverse, a small Eagle was holding a wreath on its beak while clutching on a palm branch. This very design of the Eagle was often referred to as the “Chicken Eagle” by numismatics nowadays. The Eagle is surrounded by the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and with no denomination. This design is known as the Type 1 Small Eagle Draped Bust $5 and was minted from 1795-1798.

The second type was dated from 1795-1807 and came to be known as the Type 2 Heraldic Eagle even if the new design for the reverse first appeared in 1797. The US Mint tried to save the leftover dies from the 1795 obverse die and used that on the new Draped Bust $5. As a result, there were some new $5 gold coins that had overdates on them.

The Type 2 $5 Gold Coin features a Heraldic Eagle with the Great Seal of the United States on its chest. It was clutching an olive branch and three arrows on its talons while a ribbon is seen on its beak with the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM written on it. Just above the head of the Eagle is an arc of the cloud surrounding 13 stars. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the Eagle and no denomination is marked on the coin.

All coins were minted in the US Mint in Philadelphia. The Draped Bust $5 has a reeded edge, weighs about 8.75 grams, are 25 millimeters in diameter and were made from 91.7% Gold and 8.3% Copper. Most Gold coins were melted by 1834 as the price for its bullion value exceed the coins’ face value. A population of Gold coins we have nowadays in very scarce and high-graded conditions.

Variations and Mintages of the Draped Bust $5

Type 1 Small Eagle Draped Bust $5

These were minted for four years – from 1795-1798 and with no Proof coins produced. The number of stars changed over the years on the obverse of the coin.

Regular Strike

1795 Small Eagle – 8,707 pieces were minted

1796/5 Small Eagle – 6,196 pieces were minted

1797 Small Eagle, 16 Stars Obverse – 2,552 pieces were minted

1797 Small Eagle, 15 Stars Obverse – 2,552 pieces were minted

1798 Small Eagle -100 pieces were minted

Type 2 Heraldic Eagle Draped Bust $5

The second type of the Draped Bust $5 were date 1795-1807. Variations included small and large stars, and a different number of stars on both reverse and obverse.

Regular Strike

1795 Large Eagle – 500 pieces were minted

1797 – 1,057 pieces were minted

  •    1797 Large Eagle, 15 St Obverse
  •    1797 Large Eagle, 16 St Obverse
  •    1797/5 Large Eagle

1798 – 24,867 pieces were minted

  •    1798 Large 8, 13 St Reverse
  •    1798 Small 8
  •    1798 Large 8, 14 St Reverse

1799 – 7,451 pieces were minted

  •    1799 Large Stars Reverse
  •    1799 Small Stars Reverse

1800 – 37,628 pieces were minted

1802 – 53,176 pieces were minted

  •    1802/1

1803 – 33,506 pieces were minted

  •    1803/2

1804 – 30,475 pieces were minted

  •    1804 Small 8
  •    1804 Small 8 over Large 8
  •    1804 Private Restrike J-30

1805 – 33,183 pieces were minted

1806 – 54,417 pieces were minted

  •    1806 Round 6, 7X6 Stars
  •    1806 Pointed 6, 8X5 Stars

1807 Bust Right – 9,676 pieces were minted

Collecting Draped Bust $5

All dates for the Type 1 Small Eagle $5 are considered scarce and valuable, with the 1978 Small Eagle $5 regarded as one of the most desirable among all US Gold Coins. Two interesting varieties of Type 1 are the 1796/5 overdate and the 1795 that has the last S in STATES was accidentally striked with a D so the Mint had to punch it again with the final S. one can buy PCGS-graded Type 1 Small Eagle Draped Bust $5 from $15,000.00 and up to $645,000.00.

As for the Type 2 Heraldic Eagle Draped Bust $5, there are no coins minted and dated in 1801. There are two varieties to collect – both coins date 1797, one with 15 stars and the other with 16 stars on the obverse. Despite the melting of the majority of the US Gold coins in 1834, Mint States Type 2 Draped Bust $5 are quite plentiful. one can buy PCGS-graded Type 2 Heraldic Eagle Draped Bust $5 from $2,000.00-$440,000.00.

The Draped Bust $2.5

It was in 1796 that the first Quarter Eagles were introduced to the public. During this time, the denomination $2.5 is considered to be a substantial amount of money. Despite its value, Quarter Eagles as these Gold Coins were called, were not that in demand compared to other coins. The reason behind this was that the Draped Bust $2.5 gold coin was very small for transactions at the bank but too big for daily commerce.

Robert Scot, the US Mint Chief Engraver of that time created the design for the Draped Bust $2.5. The obverse features a portrait of Miss Liberty facing right. She can be seen wearing a soft cap, the legend LIBERTY inscribed on top of the portrait while the date 1796 is right below. The soft cap that Miss Liberty is seen wearing used to be associated as a Phrygian Cap. However, in 1825, the cap was confirmed to be that of a headdress that was quite popular during the 1790s.

For the reverse, the Draped Bust $2.5 has a Heraldic Eagle Design. The Eagle has the Great Seal of the United States on its breast, with clouds in a form of an arc in between the Eagle’s wings. The clouds are enclosing 16 stars. Around the margin lies the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Inside the ribbon held by the Eagle’s mouth are the words E PLURIBUS UNUM and its talons clutching a single olive branch and three arrows.

This design came to be known as the Type 1 No Stars Draped Bust $2.5. It has a reeded edge, weighs approximately 4.37 grams, is 20 millimeters in diameter and is made up of 91.7% Gold and 8.3% Copper.

After only less than 1,000 pieces were minted, a new designed emerged wherein the obverse now has 13 stars – 6 on the left and 7 on the right symbolizing the original states. From then on, the position of the stars that appeared on the obverse varies almost every year while the number of stars in the reverse changes between 13-16 stars. These came to be the Type 2 Stars on Obverse Draped Bust $2.5 and were minted from 1796-1807. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Draped Bust $2.5 were minted in the Philadelphia Mint.

Varieties and Mintage of the Draped Bust $2.5

Type 1 No Stars Draped Bust $2.5

The first type of the Draped Bust $2.5 was minted only in the year 1796.

Regular Strike

1796 No Stars Draped Bust $2.5 – 963 pieces were minted

Type 2 Stars on Obverse Draped Bust $2.5

The second type of the Draped Bust $2.5 was minted from the year 1796 up until 1807. The obverse now has stars on each side of Miss Liberty. The number of stars varies and there were also other variations like overdates and close or wide dates.

Regular Strike

1796 Stars – 432 pieces were minted

1797 – 427 pieces were minted

1798 Close Date – 1,094 pieces were minted

1798 Wide Date – 1,094 pieces were minted

1802/’1′ – 3,035 pieces were minted

1804 13 Stars Reverse – 500 pieces were minted

1804 14 Stars Reverse – 2,827 pieces were minted

1805 – 1,781 pieces were minted

1806/4 8X5 Stars – 1,136 pieces were minted

1806/5 7X6 Stars – 480 pieces were minted

1807 – 6,812 pieces were minted

Collecting Draped Bust $2.5

Despite its short years of production, the Draped Bust $2.5 has a number of varieties that collectors would enjoy collecting. There are a total of 13 varieties while the total number of coins produced equals to no more than 20,000 pieces. No proofs were minted. The 1797 issue now only has 20 survivors out of the 427 pieces minted in the US Mint while the 13 stars variety only has 9 survivors. As for the most popular Draped Bust $2.5 among numismatics, 1796 $2.5 is the key date.

One can buy PCGS-graded Draped Bust $2.5 from $3,750.00-$1,750,000.00 – the highest price belonging to a Type 1 No Stars 1796. Other high-priced Quarter Eagles are those dated 1796 Stars on Obverse, 1798 Close Date and 1807.

References:

PCGS, USA Coin Book, PCGS CoinFacts, NGC Coin

The Capped Head $2.5 or the Classic Head $2.5

After the last Capped Bust $2.5 was minted in the year 1834, a new demand for the Quarter Eagle came as a surprise to US Mint officials. To answer the need for $2.5 coins, US Mint Chief Engraver Robert Scot used a design he borrowed from his Half Eagle in 1818. His old age and poor eyesight made him unable to create an original one.

The obverse features Miss Liberty facing left while wearing a mobcap inscribed with the legend LIBERTY across it. The headdress was commonly worn by 19th-century women. 13 stars surround the coin while the date is below Miss Liberty.

For the reverse, the Heraldic Eagle with the Great Seal on its chest is still featured while its talons are clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA encircles half of the reverse while the denomination 2 1/2D. lays under the Eagle. E PLURIBUS UNUM was purposely removed from the design in order to easily distinguish the ole and new issues.

The Capped Head $2.5 were minted from 1834 up until 1839. It has a reeded edge, weighs 4.37 grams, and is made up of 91,7% Gold and 8.3% Copper. However, there were 2 designers for the Capped Head. From 1821-1828, Robert Scot’s Capped Head Quarter Eagle is 18.5 mm in diameter while William Kneass reduced the diameter down to 18.2 mm for the series dated 1829-1834. Kneass also used smaller letters and stars while creating a beaded border surrounded by raised rims.

Varieties and Mintages of the Capped Head $2.5

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1834-G$2½-Capped Head (reduced), Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC0 1.0

Regular Strike

1834 Classic Head – 112,234 pieces were minted

1835 -131,402 pieces were minted

1836 Script 8 – 547,986 pieces were minted

1836 Block 8 – 547,986 pieces were minted

1837 – 45,080 pieces were minted

1838 – 47,030 pieces were minted

1838-C – 7,880 pieces were minted

1839 – 27,021 pieces were minted

1839-C – 18,140 pieces were minted

1839-D – 13,674 pieces were minted

1839-O – 17,781 pieces were minted

Proofs

1834 Classic Head – 10 pieces were minted

1835 – 8 pieces were minted

1836 – 5 pieces were minted

1837 – 3 pieces were minted

1838 – 2 pieces were minted

1839 – 5 pieces were minted

Collecting Capped Head $2.5

With Capped Head Quarter Eagles, there are no famous rarities noted. However, the 1838-C is noted as the most sought after in the series thanks to its low number of coins produced.

PCGS-graded Capped Head $2.5 coins can be bought in Mint State for as low as $340.00 up to $235,000.00 – the highest grade and price belonging to an MS67 1838 Capped Head Quarter Eagle. For Proofs, the lowest one can buy is at $45,000.00 for 1837 Capped Head $2.5 in PR60 and highest for up to $600,000.00 for the 1836 Capped Head Quarter Eagle in DCAM66.

References:

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts, USA CoinBook, Rare Coin Wholesalers, NGC Coin

The Capped Bust $2.5

By the year 1807, US Mint Director Robert Pattinson wrote a letter to then-President Thomas Jefferson in order to promote John Reich as Robert Scot’s assistant. Pattinson was worried that Scot might die anytime soon, leaving the position vulnerable with no one properly trained to take the post. After some time, Reich was tasked to create new designs for the US coins.

For the new Quarter Eagle, Reich created a design wherein Miss Liberty is now facing left while a mob cap is seen on top of her head and the legend LIBERTY inscribed on it. 7 stars are in a form of an arc on the left side of the obverse while 6 are on the right.

For the reverse, the Heraldic Eagle is still featured but now has a more naturalistic bird with the Great Seal on its chest. The Eagle is now perched on an olive branch while it is clutching three arrows with its talons. E PLURIBUS UNUM is inscribed on a ribbon placed just above the Eagle. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is in a form of an arc almost touching the margin while the denomination 2 ½ D lies below the Eagle. Due to the elements being sunk in the die incompletely, most coins have weak borders.

All Capped Bust $2.5 were minted in the US Mint in Philadelphia and bears no mint marks. These were coined from 1807-1834 with only 3 Proofs. It has a reeded edge, weighs 4.37 grams, is 20 mm in diameter, and is made up of 91.7% Gold and 8.3% Copper.

There are 3 Types for the Capped Bust $2.5

Type 1 Large Cap Capped Bust $2.5

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1808-G$2½-Capped Bust (left), Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

The first type was only minted in the year 1808 with no Proofs. No clear reason was recorded as to why this type only lasted the same year it started, and as a result, it came to be one of the most sought-after US coins. It has a diameter of 20mm which will later change in the following years.

Regular Strike

1808 Large Cap Capped Bust $2.5 – 2,710 pieces were minted

Type 2 Small Cap, Large Diameter Capped Bust $2.5

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1821-G$2½-Capped Head, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

The second type now features a smaller cap on Miss Liberty’s head and the stars surround her profile bust to form a perfect semi-circle. A new die was introduced which resulted in a slightly smaller in diameter. From 20mm, the diameter went down to 18.50mm. The mintages were minuscule since the number of coins produced only depended on the demand. The Type 2 Capped Bust was minted in 1821, 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827 with only 1 proof date – 1821.

Regular Strike

1821 – 6,448 pieces were minted

1824/1 – 2,600 pieces were minted

1825 – 4,434 pieces were minted

1826/’5′ – 760 pieces were minted

1827 – 2,800 pieces were minted

Proofs

1821 – 7 pieces were minted

Type 3 Small Diameter Capped Bust $2.5

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), NNC-US-1829-5C-Capped Bust, Size by Bonnie Mattie, CC BY-SA 4.0

The third and last Type of the Capped Bust $2.5 was created with a beaded border while inside a raised rim. Letters and stars were struck in a slightly smaller size. These were minted from 1829-1834 with 2 Proof.

Regular Strike

1829 – 3,403 pieces were minted

1830 – 4,540 pieces were minted

1831 – 4,520 pieces were minted

1832 – 4,400 pieces were minted

1833 – 4,160 pieces were minted

1834 Capped Bust – 4,000 pieces were minted

Proofs

1831 – 10 pieces were minted

1833 – 5 pieces were minted

Collecting Capped Bust $2.5

When it comes to Capped Bust $2.5, the rarest one of them all is the last series minted – those dated in 1834. Considering the low mintages, the bullion value of gold coins rose more than its face value resulting in many gold coins including the Capped Bust $2.5 be melted or sold. The 1808 Capped Bust is considered as the most sought-after in US numismatics.  

PCGS-graded Capped Bust $2.5 prices depend on the type and year the coins were minted. For the type 1, one can buy them from $30,000.00-$2,350,000.00. No Proofs were minted for the type 1.

For type 2 Capped Bust, price starts at $6,500.00-$550,000.00 for the Mint States. As for proofs, price starts at $65,000.00-$325,000.00.

For type 3, price starts at $5,250.00-$475,000.00 for MS and from $35,000.00-$185,000.00 for Proofs. Those dated in 1834 has a significantly higher premium than any other dates in the series

References:

PCGS, PCGS Coin Facts, NCG Coin, My Coin Guides