Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,244,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1940 S 25C MS obverse 1940 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production at the San Francisco Mint rose dramatically for 1940. More than three times as many quarter dollars were coined that year as compared to 1939. Quality began to suffer as a result, with many 1940-S quarters revealing worn dies with heavy erosion lines. To continue using such dies, workers repolished them aggresively, and this led to distorted or missing details and, occasionally, random polishing lines that appear raised on the coins. This polishing sometimes led to areas of semi-prooflike fields.

Aside from technical flaws and carefully die preparation, Mint State 1940-S quarters survive in large numbers, and gems are plentiful through MS 66. Examples grading MS 67 also are available to advanced collectors.

Only minor varieties are known, but one die pair combines a doubled obverse with a repunched mintmark.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/17/2015

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1940 S 25C MS
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Base $ 8.25 8.50 8.75 9.00 9.50 16.00 16.50 17.50 18.50 22.00 25.00 29.00 37.50 45.00 60.00 155 775 16750 - -
$ - - - - - - - 32.00 41.00 50.00 70.00 225 3050 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1272
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2290 $74.75
10/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1953, 1953/Lot# 1376 $44.00
6/6/2005 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #41, 45/Lot# 348 $552.00
9/24/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66101, 66101/Lot# 24395 $172.50
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24614 $63.25
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203331 $20.00


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