Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,045
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.39 (12/5/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1938 25C PF obverse 1938 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

An estimated 7,390 proof quarter dollars were coined to achieve the number of acceptable pieces needed, the balance being destroyed for flaws of one sort or another. The published mintage figure of 8,045 proof quarters for 1938 is a bit misleading, as the odd 45 coins were destroyed for assay purposes, whether in-house that year at the Philadelphia Mint or during the official annual assay held the following February. Some 10 obverse and six reverse dies were utilized for this production.

The proof quarters of 1938 reveal another advance in average quality over 1936-37. Most are pleasingly brilliant, though without cameo contrast. The only notables flaws are ones seen repeatedly with United States proof coins made prior to the 1970s: Many pieces have shallow or missing details from overpolishing of the dies. Shallow features of the dies were easily eradicated through repeated polishings to restore the dies' brilliance.

Gems are plentiful through PF 66, with a great number of higher-graded coins than in the previous two years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/31/2016

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1938 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 115 125 135 195 220 375 1450 8750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 150 215 250 500 2750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1308
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1938 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1------4537802853923929814--1308
----------------1174--13
-----------------311---14
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Total----1------45378028539339611618--1335
 ----0%------0%0%3%6%21%29%30%9%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base248285327372423482512544563577597620684735802925106612332179506473439478
260299342389443492523550568584605641701757843972112215483141582480559952
000000523550568584605641701757843972112215483141582400
0000005335575725906126637187808841019117718644102658300
1938 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1271511752052372752953143273363423484094374506096639492087487656007346
13515918521625028230131833033834436841844150362775813283017511761827713
00000030131833033834436841844150362775813283017511700
00000030832333334034638942844655664585417083946535900
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 4876
Owner: Paul Kromm
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 4876
Owner: SBH
 
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