Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,628,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (9/26/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1939 S 25C MS obverse 1939 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The popularity of collecting United States coins by date and mint emerged during the mid 1930s in response to the several very low mintage issues struck 1930-33 that had already gained premiums. Hoping for lightning to strike twice, speculators routinely saved fresh rolls of new coins for decades afterward. This has assured that a relatively low mintage coin such as the 1939-S quarter would remain plentiful in Mint State. Gems have been certified in quantity through MS 66.

The one variety of note is a doubled-die obverse (DDO) evident in the date and motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Though minor in comparison to such varieties for several other dates, it is nonetheless quite collectable. A second, similar variety is illustrated in the Wexler/Flynn book, but this one is strictly for variety specialists.

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Last Updated: 1/23/2017

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1939 S 25C MS
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Base $ 8.75 9.50 10.00 10.50 19.00 45.00 52.50 55.00 65.00 87.50 95.00 110 145 200 260 400 1150 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1182
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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7/3/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0855, 855/Lot# 1364 $35.97
2/6/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 73, 78/Lot# 482 $266.80
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1041 $195.50
2/28/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3220 $385.25
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1184/Lot# 2652 $3,525.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7649 $822.50
9/7/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 209601 $211.00
2/8/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25820 $223.25
1/15/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131704/Lot# 27545 $352.50


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