Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,837
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.09 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 25C PF obverse 1936 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coin hobby was experiencing a period of growth during the mid 1930s, and agitation for the resumption of proof coinage after a 20-year hiatus finally found a receptive administration. While President Franklin Roosevelt was a stamp collector with little interest in coins, his personal secretary, Louis Howe, pushed for the return of proof coins early in 1936. Howe, already hospitalized for heart disease and asthma, lived just long enough to view a single proof specimen of the 1936 quarter dollar before succumbing on April 18.

Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau approved the resumption of proof coin sales that same month, and announcement of this fact appeared April 29. A complete set from cent through half dollar was priced at $1.81, plus eight cents for postage. The proofs of 1936-42 could be purchased as sets or as singles. The cost of a proof quarter dollar alone was 50 cents, plus the standard eight cents postage. This denomination, however, proved to be the least popular of the five. Only 3,811 pieces were sold out of the estimate of 5,100 coined.

Unlike the proof quarters of 1937 and later years, the 1936 edition was coined with dies taken from the same hubs used for currency coin dies. These dies were polished to give them a mirror finish, but they were identical in design details to the dies used for ordinary coinage. The brilliance of 1936 proof quarters is not equal to that of later dates, as the Mint was still developing its techniques for such pieces. Gems of this issue are in limited supply, and very few examples have been certified higher than PF 66.

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Last Updated: 10/13/2017

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1936 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 500 570 640 780 1075 1625 2350 10000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 630 700 875 1250 1850 3850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 959
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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11/21/2002 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 7205 $862.50
6/18/2003 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1740, 1740/Lot# 1071 $742.50
9/6/2004 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 757 $604.00
12/3/2009 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 433, 439/Lot# 7607 $1,322.50
6/17/2012 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 47254 $660.00
8/5/2014 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7683 $1,086.88
10/30/2014 PCGS PF 66   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4216 $1,762.50
9/7/2017 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1259/Lot# 3817 $4,560.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8519461050116212811410148115491595162516681697183420012169234930094042649184491081413636
882980108712011324143315031564160516391677174218892057222925693353485871439237117540
0000001503156416051639167717421889205722292569335348587143923700
00000015261579161516531687178819452113228927893697567477961002500
1936 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5245916637418289219721022105610781110113112331357148316192124293148916491844910814
546615689770859938988103310631088111711651274139915281787239335845424714392370
000000988103310631088111711651274139915281787239335845424714300
0000001005104410701099112411991315144115731955266242375957779600
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 4891
Owner: Paul Kromm
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 4891
Owner: Show Me Proof
 
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