Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,404,000
Catalog: KM-164
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.16 (9/30/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1932 25C MS obverse 1932 25C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

John Flanagan owes his numismatic fame less to artistic merit than to the fact that he was a man in the man's world of the early 20th century. In 1931, the Treasury Department decided to follow in the footsteps of the Lincoln cent and issue a circulating coin honoring the bicentennial of President George Washington's birth. After an open competition that the Treasury conducted in association with the Washington Bicentennial Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts, judges chose Laura Gardin Fraser's masterful design. Even though art critics had admired Fraser's work since the introduction of the Oregon Trail commemorative half dollar in 1926, Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellon's male chauvinism prejudiced the design selection process from the start. His choice, the design by John Flanagan, was confirmed as the winner and upheld even after Ogden L. Mills succeeded to the post of Treasury Secretary in early 1932. While Fraser's superior design remains unknown to all but a handful of numismatic scholars, Flanagan's obviously inferior workmanship can still be admired (albeit in slightly modified form) on the quarters of today.

The first P-mint issue in this long-lived series, the 1932 has always had a special place in the hearts of date and type collectors alike.

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Price Guide

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1932 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.74 8.91 9.03 9.20 9.49 9.49 16.10 17.25 18.40 23.50 29.00 33.00 42.50 62.50 105 310 1300 45000 - - -
$ - - - - 26.00 30.00 36.00 45.00 67.50 125 375 3000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1879
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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10/13/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7837


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12/9/1998 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1113, 1113/Lot# 1439 $35.97
2/8/1999 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1131, 1131/Lot# 1363 $463.25
4/21/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131318/Lot# 28895 $70.00
7/7/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122946 $65.59
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1448 $2,415.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 467 $725.00
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20252 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1932 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2432323232324154677689102119147230348751156838175656884911047
2632323232354558708093107128174269482102323174430672095810
0000004558708093107128174269482102323174430672000
0000004962738497113137202308616129530675043778400
1932 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28373737373750638198111119135167265389824169640645986930711586
3137373737415469861021131241451993065341114248547047093100660
000000546986102113124145199306534111424854704709300
000000587592106116129156232347679140532745345820000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1568
Owner: Daniel McMunn
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1568
Owner: Daniel McMunn
 
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