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: 6.25g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.56 (7/25/2016)
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

Last Updated: 3/3/2015

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1932 25C MS
Base $ 8.25 8.50 9.00 9.50 10.50 15.50 16.50 19.50 22.50 31.00 35.00 45.00 65.00 95.00 315 1450 41500 - - -
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Total Graded: 2003
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1179, 1179/Lot# 1212 $163.50
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2271 $437.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 185 $275.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131414/Lot# 26429 $188.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7628 $881.25
7/11/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5852 $158.63
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 167962 $100.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1932 25C MS
1932 25C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1969
Owner: Daniel McMunn
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1969
Owner: Daniel McMunn
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