Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 33,540,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.08 (9/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1939 25C MS obverse 1939 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The American economy regained strength toward the end of 1938 and improved steadily over the next few years, yet the Great Depression was not finally put to rest until the nation's entry into World War II in 1941. This progress is evident in the dramatically increased production of quarter dollars at the Philadelphia Mint for 1939. Such a number of coins has resulted in large numbers of Mint State survivors spanning a range of die states from hard, smooth surfaces to deeply furrowed. While the latter often display dazzling luster, the discriminating collector should seek an early die state with sharp details.

A minor doubled-die obverse variety is illustrated in the Wexler/Flynn book on this series, but it has attracted little attention outside of variety specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/4/2015

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1939 25C MS
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Base $ 8.00 8.25 8.50 8.75 9.00 11.00 12.00 12.50 13.50 15.00 16.50 20.00 32.50 45.00 65.00 105 300 9500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 35.00 50.00 75.00 200 1450 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1915
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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8/10/1998 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1075, 1075/Lot# 1350 $54.50
9/21/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24094, 24094/Lot# 12001 $58.65
10/3/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #56, 61/Lot# 598 $51.75
3/24/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 106337 $51.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2098 $2,115.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 683 $207.00
8/9/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131533/Lot# 25925 $199.75


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