Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51,386
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.21 (1/23/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1950 25C PF obverse 1950 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof coinage had been suspended after 1942, due to extreme demand for circulating coins during World War II. While the Treasury was prepared to resume proof coin sales as early as 1947, there remained the issue of funding their production. Budgets had been slashed following the war's end, and the Mint had no additional appropriation beyond that needed for circulating coins. This hurdle was overcome in 1950, and the pent-up demand for proofs was very high. Sales were more than double those of 1942, though the resulting figure would seem very quaint when production exceeded a million pieces just seven years later.

The Philadelphia Mint once again had to learn the technique of coining fully brilliant proofs, and the early strikes of 1950 were only semi-brilliant. These early coins, however, tend to have more detail, as the greater die polishing needed to achieve the fully brilliant pieces seen later in the year also eradicated some of the shallower features of the dies. This same problem had plagued the proofs of 1936-42, and it would not be overcome until the 1970s.

Gems are plentiful for the 1950 quarter dollar, though perhaps not equal in number to the demand for proof coins of 1950 to date. Only the earliest strikes reveal contrast between brilliant fields and frosted devices, as the grainy texture of the die cavities quickly became self-polished through repeated use. Though the dies were etched with acid prior to polishing of the fields, this texture was quite delicate, and even chromium plating of the dies could not preserve it. A fair number of proofs have been certified as Cameo, but Ultra Cameo coins are exceedingly rare.

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Last Updated: 12/13/2019

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1950 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 32.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 100.00 200 450 1250 7500 -
$ - - - - - 35.00 39.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 110 250 550 -
1950 25C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 120 190 400 625 2200 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 135 210 500 750 2750 -
1950 25C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 675 1550 3000 5100 12500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 800 1900 3850 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2339
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1950 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1417501864046946521195-2132
-------------126618253--61
-----------------65---11
----------------1-1---2
Total-----------1418521924117186831225-2206
 -----------0 %0 %1 %2 %9 %19 %33 %31 %6 %0 %- 
1950 25C PF CA
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Base-------------142044585514--196
-----------------334--10
------------------1---1
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Total-------------142044615918--207
 -------------0 %2 %10 %21 %29 %29 %9 %-- 
1950 25C PF UC
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Base---------------13322--11
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Total---------------13332--12
 ---------------8 %25 %25 %25 %17 %-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1950 25C PF CA
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Base9811513515518321223024825826527528532737242359799013032585398446945597
104122142164193218236251260268278299342389481728109417303051422149950
000000236251260268278299342389481728109417303051422100
000000242255263272282313357406539859119921583518445700
1950 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4184745346026767568008448728919209381042115213632161310338525656623973077960
4374945576277037718158538789019269731079122216292475335344535850659575250
0000008158538789019269731079122216292475335344535850659500
00000082986388591093210071115129318952789360250556045695100
1950 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base374554637689981061111151231311431632012373666201066192845655158
4048576780921011081121181261351501762132804517691353280747630
0000001011081121181261351501762132804517691353280700
0000001031091141201281391561882253235359171641368600
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Grade: PF 68 CAMEO
Points: 4221
Owner: C1
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 2807
Owner: Dustoff
 
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