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: $3.08 (5/24/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/23/2017

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1939 S 25C MS
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 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 120 160 225 300 470 3900 -

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Total Graded: 1173
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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11/1/2000 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1373, 1373/Lot# 1182 $185.30
2/24/2002 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2002 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #285, 285/Lot# 588 $718.75
5/10/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Bullet Sale #347, 347/Lot# 595 $113.85
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 759 $241.50
10/23/2011 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 21023 $35.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3220 $385.25
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 820, 829/Lot# 621 $975.00
4/23/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131718/Lot# 21849 $235.00

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