Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,204,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.32 (1/27/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1946 S 25C MS obverse 1946 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The onset of a postwar economic recession is evident in the greatly reduced mintage of quarter dollars at San Francisco, fewer than a fourth the number struck there in 1945. This issue was nonetheless widely hoarded by the BU roll and is not scarce. Indeed, there are large numbers of 1946-S quarters certified through MS 67. A few pieces have been labeled PL for prooflike, a quality imparted to the dies through aggressive repolishing to remove clash marks and/or erosion lines. This further points to overuse of said dies in an economy move. All federal departments and agencies had their budgets slashed after the war's end, and the overall quality of United States coins suffered for the next 20 years and more.

A handful of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are known, but of more interest are several repunched mintmarks. These are all of the Trumpet-Tail S variety, the only mintmark punch known for this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/1/2019

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1946 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7.75 7.85 8.00 8.25 8.35 8.85 9.00 9.50 9.75 10.00 10.30 12.00 14.00 21.00 43.00 70.00 425 10500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 47.50 100.00 765 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6654
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1946 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------34-4542346298328913643--6645
--------------35837611--115
----------------4204---28
-----------------11---2
Total---------34-4545351299529494304--6790
 ---------0%0%-0%0%1%5%44%43%6%0%-- 
1946 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2241----9
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Total--------------2241----9
 --------------22%22%44%11%---- 

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