Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 44,144,000
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.32 (2/19/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1956 25C MS obverse 1956 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The reduced mintage of quarter dollars in 1955 led to much higher production this year. The saving of BU rolls increased throughout the 1950s, as speculative trading rolls became a major element in the coin market. Common through MS 67, 1956(P) quarters offer little challenge to collectors.

Varieties are surprisingly few, though a new development in 1956 did result in one that's highly sought. Starting this year, the Philadelphia Mint began to use retired proof dies to strike coins for general circulation. When no longer needed or no longer fit for proofs, these were pressed into regular production to help cope with steadily rising mintages. The reverse dies used for proof quarter dollars were taken from a different hub than that used for currency dies, so these "Type B Reverse" dies are easily spotted by their distinctive separation between letters ES of STATES. Currency strikes from these dies are sometimes faintly prooflike, but the dies were used long enough for them to lose their original polish.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/7/2020

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1956 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.30 4.30 4.30 5.25 5.50 7.75 7.85 8.00 8.15 8.25 8.35 9.00 9.75 14.00 21.05 60.00 225 6500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 105 650 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3786
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1956 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2-1242512122820997220634803--3786
-----------------125---17
---------------1-1712---30
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Total----2-1242512122821097220924973--3833
 ----0%-0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%5%25%55%13%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16161616202424282828282828323754106237674429051437939
161616172124252828282828293443711503831879457460750
000000252828282828293443711503831879457400
000000272828282828313548891935283085485900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 1879
Owner: Daniel McMunn
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1879
Owner: erwindoc
 
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