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: $3.07 (10/18/2017)
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: 10/13/2017

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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: 1372
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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11/3/2004 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1957, 1957/Lot# 1340 $187.00
6/20/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #44, 48/Lot# 529 $80.50
3/1/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 754 $126.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 274 $437.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10603 $69.00
1/8/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/08/2012, 2/Lot# 22010 $440.00
2/5/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131207/Lot# 20175 $69.00
  NGC MS 67   Bonhams $444.00
2/28/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131610/Lot# 23084 $188.00
9/3/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131737/Lot# 23235 $65.00

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