Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 16,080,000
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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1941 S 25C MS obverse 1941 S 25C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

With America's entry into World War II seemingly inevitable, the nation boosted defense production for both the domestic and export markets. The West Coast benefited greatly from this increased economic activity, and the San Francisco Mint nearly doubled its output of quarter dollars over 1940. At the time, all current issues were routinely saved by the BU roll. S-Mint coins received extra speculative interest, so the 1941-S quarter is common in grades through MS 66. Quality control issues have limited the number of higher-graded examples. Many 1941-S quarters were struck from worn dies having great luster but few details. When repolished to extend their useful life, such dies could become semi-prooflike, though often with distracting lines from the abrasives used.

Only minor doubled-dies are known for this issue, and the real variety interest centers around the three different mintmark punches used. Most 1941-S quarters display the Small S typical for this mint 1917-41. A small percentage feature either one of two Large S punches employed that year, the first being the Trumpet-Tail S, and the second being a Serif S. These coins bring strong premiums when found in Mint State or About Uncirculated.

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Last Updated: 3/4/2015

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1941 S 25C MS
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Base $ 7.75 7.85 8.00 8.25 8.35 10.00 11.00 12.50 14.00 27.00 29.00 32.50 42.50 55.00 77.50 215 1235 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 35.00 47.50 65.00 90.00 285 2500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1343
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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4/5/2001 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 6502 $184.00
2/23/2004 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1848, 1848/Lot# 1368 $143.00
11/13/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 113, 118/Lot# 787 $57.50
12/4/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27122, 27122/Lot# 13234 $49.00
10/31/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210112, 210112/Lot# 22576 $109.25
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4675 $3,450.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24617 $47.00
6/22/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 192175 $55.00


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