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: $3.23 (1/24/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1942 S 25C MS obverse 1942 S 25C MS reverse
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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: 11/1/2019

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1942 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7.75 8.40 8.50 10.00 15.00 21.00 22.30 25.00 30.00 60.00 70.00 77.00 85.00 120 130 300 1100 - - -
$ - - - - 33.00 65.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 125 150 475 2950 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1469
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1942 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-211--661931741116211036842928165---1467
--------------11431---10
-----------------12---3
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Total-211--661931741116211136943328568---1480
 -0%0%0%--0%0%1%2%5%0%1%4%8%25%29%19%5%--- 
1942 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-1----2
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Total---------------1-1----2
 ---------------50%-50%---- 

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