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: $3.14 (5/30/2017)
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: 2/25/2015

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1956 25C MS
Base $ 4.90 5.00 5.50 6.00 6.50 7.75 7.85 8.00 8.15 8.25 8.35 9.00 9.75 14.00 26.00 60.00 225 6500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 105 650 -

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Total Graded: 3491
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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9/13/2004 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #11, 15/Lot# 193 $34.50
9/23/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1375 $74.75
4/2/2008 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2511, 2511/Lot# 1220 $89.60
1/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/08/2012, 2/Lot# 32083 $18.50
3/31/2015 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32942 $105.75
  NGC MS 67   Bonhams $117.00
4/17/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131617/Lot# 27593 $99.88

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