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: $3.12 (5/22/2017)
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 - - -
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Total Graded: 1173
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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8/22/1999 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1201, 1201/Lot# 1361 $70.85
7/20/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 6290 $575.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1365 $258.75
11/15/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 5701 $1,610.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10601 $86.25
9/30/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 75954 $143.00
6/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131426/Lot# 20479 $176.25
11/29/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131549/Lot# 23143 $199.75

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