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: $3.09 (10/21/2017)
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: 10/13/2017

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1938 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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: 1237
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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1/14/2002 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1528, 1528/Lot# 1317 $327.00
4/26/2006 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 1779 $322.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 67   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1405 $632.50
1/23/2011 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211021/Lot# 20889 $126.50
4/8/2012 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 38537 $203.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24611 $172.50
5/4/2014 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 129 $360.00
5/25/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22321 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base248285327372423482512544563577597620684735802925106612332179443173439478
260299342389443492523550568584605641701757843972112215482930540280550
000000523550568584605641701757843972112215482930540200
0000005335575725906126637187808841019117718643680637200
1938 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127151175205237275295314327336351366409442489586100511381537423456007346
135159185216250282301318330341356380420458521726104912712436468961820
000000301318330341356380420458521726104912712436468900
000000308323333346361395431473554865109414043335514500
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 1537
Owner: Show Me Proof
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1138
Owner: Daniel McMunn
 
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