Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 436,800
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.20 (10/15/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1932 D 25C MS obverse 1932 D 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1932 quarter dollars were not needed for commerce at the time, as business activity was at its nadir that year. These coins were produced as commemorative issues that would, eventually, enter general circulation. All three mints struck Washington Quarters, but production at the Denver and San Francisco Mints was limited to the potential number of collectors desiring three-piece sets. This number was really around 15,000-20,000, but such low mintages would have resulted in the coins selling at a premium from the very start, something the Treasury wished to avoid for fear of criticism. Indeed, the San Francisco Mint had been ordered to resume striking unneeded nickels the year before, when it was discovered in Washington that a mere 194,000 pieces were coined early in 1931. Thus it was that just over 436,000 quarters were coined at the Denver Mint in 1932, a number sufficient to curb speculation at the time. No one could have imagined that millions of persons would be added to the roster of coin collectors a generation later, which led to the hoarding of 1932-D quarters and rapid price increases.

It appears that most of this mintage did enter circulation, probably in 1934 when production resumed at Denver. Mint State examples are scarce, though not truly rare. Gems, however, are quite rare, and few coins have been certified as MS 65 or higher. Worn specimens are plentiful, particularly in the lower grades. Most MS survivors are well struck and have satiny or finely frosted luster. Nicely toned examples are rare and carry significant premiums.

The Small D mintmark used 1917-34 is the only style seen for this date, as the Large D did not debut until the cent coinage of 1933. It is often seen with strike doubling after its lower edge, and this can contribute to the authentication of 1932-D quarters. Many Philadelphia Mint coins have had a D mintmark applied to them, and this is often of the wrong style for the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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1932 D 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 120 140 180 220 375 450 530 725 1050 1100 1330 1680 2350 8600 97500 - - - -
$ 250 400 500 575 860 - 1250 1450 2000 3100 22500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4409
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1932 D 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3924083322534121552791461902794951316140224222624-----4409
---------------2------2
-------------145------10
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Total3924083322534121552791461902794951316140324623324-----4421
 9 %9 %8 %6 %9 %4 %6 %3 %4 %6 %11 %0 %4 %9 %6 %5 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/18/2001 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1507, 1507/Lot# 1068 $1,674.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2120 $2,990.00
10/5/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 416, 422/Lot# 449 $310.50
7/12/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8341 $345.00
1/1/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14344 $767.28
3/23/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 179001 $259.70
9/7/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218504 $320.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1932 25C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2883304374895977058659661110120615051753188619692352286049921257113112163531886620153
3023664545256337588991014114213061588179719142097252135717518127511419217191192950
000000899101411421306158817971914209725213571751812751141921719100
0000009321062117414051670184219412224269142811004512932152731802800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4992
Owner: dabrown
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2860
Owner: Revenant
 
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