Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,652,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.12 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1937 S 25C MS obverse 1937 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

A setback in the economic recovery years of 1934-36 resulted in the San Francisco Mint coining fewer than half as many quarter dollars than it did in 1936. Fortunately for collectors of the present day, their spiritual ancestors avidly saved fresh rolls of each issue as released, and they placed particular emphasis on S-Mint coins. Thus, Mint State survivors are more available than the mintage suggests, though worn examples were always a bit elusive during the years that silver coins circulated. 1937-S quarters typically are bright and lustrous, with some revealing faintly prooflike fields from repolishing of the dies to remove erosion lines and extend their life.

The 1937-S quarters feature a curious anomaly not seen on any other entry in this series. The obverse border was broadened to the extent that it actually touched the date numerals. This must have been done to the working dies individually and was most likely performed at the San Francisco Mint's own machine shop. The net result is that, while the coins look fairly normal in Mint State, worn pieces proved much more durable in circulation. It's not unusual to find coins grading Very Good on the obverse and only About Good on the reverse. Unless some internal correspondence is found to account for this activity, the coins must tell their own story.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/13/2017

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1937 S 25C MS
Base $ 8.75 9.00 10.00 16.00 35.00 100.00 115 130 145 160 175 200 240 330 420 765 2400 - - -
$ - 110 125 140 155 170 185 220 275 375 500 1075 - -

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Total Graded: 1197
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/5/2001 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 6492 $690.00
6/7/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2702, 2702/Lot# 1559 $241.50
1/20/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1155 $700.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33274 $3,818.75
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 200961 $704.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 678 $632.50
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 398 $1,292.50
10/25/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 21749 $246.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1937 25C MS S
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3126
Owner: Daniel McMunn
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1433
Owner: David Lewis
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