Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 19,384,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/28/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1942 S 25C MS obverse 1942 S 25C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Production of quarter dollars at the San Francisco Mint rose during 1942, mirroring similar growth at the other two facilities. Quality continued its slide, with 1942-S quarters often revealing die erosion and subsequent repolishing of often crude nature. A number of semi-prooflike examples are known from such secondary polishing, but the finish is not consistent throughout. Thus, it's unlikely that a coin of this issue will be certified as PL.

A few doubled-die varieties are known, but these are not as appealing as the ones seen for 1942(P) and 1942-D. Of greater interest is the fact that two styles of mintmark may be found on 1942-S quarters. Both the Trumpet-Tail S and Serif S were used this year, these being transitional with their scarce 1941 appearances. There is not enough difference in rarity between them for 1942-S to warrant a premium, though the Trumpet-Tail variety seems to be the more common one.

Also known are a few, minor repunched mintarks.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/16/2015

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1942 S 25C MS
Base $ 7.75 7.85 8.00 8.25 11.00 21.00 22.00 25.00 30.00 65.00 70.00 75.00 85.00 115 145 350 1300 - - -
$ - - - - 33.00 70.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 125 175 550 3450 -

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Total Graded: 1360
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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2/28/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #367, 367/Lot# 941 $172.50
12/11/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 117, 122/Lot# 781 $172.50
10/18/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2759, 2759/Lot# 1881 $103.50
1/13/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 95305 $15.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21261 $287.88
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22240 $223.25
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 692 $333.50
  NGC MS 67   Bonhams $444.00

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