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: $3.15 (5/28/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/23/2014

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1936 25C PF
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Total Graded: 960
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/27/2005 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 917 $1,506.50
9/10/2006 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1611 $977.50
12/11/2008 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 2625, 2625/Lot# 1088 $1,610.00
6/17/2012 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 47254 $660.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7796 $646.25
8/30/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4455 $1,086.88
8/8/2014 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21277 $6,227.50
4/27/2016 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1234/Lot# 4267 $998.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 25C PF
1936 25C PF Cameo
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 4891
Owner: Montana Grampa
Grade: PF 67
Points: 4891
Owner: Paul Kromm
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