Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 41,300,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 25C MS obverse 1936 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The worst years of the Great Depression were over by 1936, and the rising economic activity required a large coinage of quarter dollars at the Philadelphia Mint. This issue is very plentiful across all grades through MS 66, and there are a fair number of certified MS 67 examples for the most discriminating collectors. The typical 1936(P) quarter has very bright, lustrous surfaces, though many will show die erosion lines. While these sometimes enhance a coin's luster, collectors are encouraged to seek pieces that were struck from fresh dies.

For this date and subsequent issues through 1964, the Philadelphia Mint's Engraving Department settled on the Heavy Motto subtype of 1934 as the master hub for this coin series. Though the obverse was later tweaked just a bit to sharpen the designer's initials, the master hubs seen on 1936 quarters endured for all circulating quarters until the switch to copper-nickel-clad coinage in 1965 required lower relief.

The only variety of significance is a nicely doubled obverse that shows a distinctive shift in both the date and IN GOD WE TRUST.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/3/2015

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1936 25C MS
Base $ 8.00 8.25 8.50 8.75 9.00 10.25 11.00 12.50 14.00 22.00 25.00 30.00 40.00 55.00 95.00 150 775 6500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 35.00 45.00 60.00 110 230 2300 -

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Total Graded: 1814
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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2/14/2005 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2001, 2001/Lot# 1401 $77.00
5/30/2007 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 1036 $356.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1396 $149.50
12/5/2011 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 642, 649/Lot# 1064 $327.75
1/1/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/01/2012, 1/Lot# 21020 $30.00
9/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/01/2013, 90/Lot# 53065 $66.00
10/24/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23169 $235.00
3/26/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131714/Lot# 21951 $63.00

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