Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 669,384
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (8/21/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1956 25C PF obverse 1956 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though sales of proof sets for 1956 failed to achieve the 50% increase typical of previous years, the overall number of sets delivered rose by nearly 300,000 units. This was a figure unimaginable by anyone at the Mint or in the coin hobby when proof sales had resumed in 1950. The quality of proof coins had also risen quite a bit by 1956, and the number of Cameo and Ultra Cameo proofs available for this issue is dramatically higher than for earlier years.

Many of these sales were made to pure speculators seeking to flip the sets within days or weeks of delivery. The market in proof sets was very hot by 1956, with dealers bringing chalk boards to coin shows so that their buy and sell prices could be updated frequently.

From 1956 through 1964 the dies used to coin proofs were put into service at the Philadelphia Mint making ordinary currency strikes when no longer needed or fit for their original purpose. Since the proof quarter dollars of 1937-64 were made with reverse dies that differed from those normally seen on currency coins, these former proof dies have created a collecting specialty in MS coins exhibiting the Type B Reverse.

A minor DDO variety is known for the 1956 proof quarter.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1956 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.60 10.00 10.60 11.55 15.00 20.00 24.30 34.00 63.00 155 275
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 35.00 -
1956 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 16.00 24.00 30.00 40.00 65.00 100.00 225 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 27.00 34.00 45.00 75.00 -
1956 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 45.00 60.00 110 200 1650 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 50.00 70.00 120 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8262
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 58 series, 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: 8/20/2019 1956 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-24664106458251725061077-6741
---------------61330278394215-936
-------------------1--1
-------------------1--1
Total----------1-24670119488279529021292-7679
 ----------0 %-0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %6 %36 %38 %17 %- 
1956 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1--11791353515199-1177
---------------232512318182-416
------------------1---1
-----------------------
Total------------1--320116477696281-1594
 ------------0 %--0 %1 %7 %30 %44 %18 %- 
1956 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------115209715961-344
-------------------3--3
-------------------1--1
-----------------------
Total--------------115209716361-348
 --------------0 %0 %1 %6 %28 %47 %18 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/8/2001 PCGS PF 69   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1469, 1469/Lot# 1447 $119.90
11/3/2010 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1889 $598.00
9/18/2011 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/18/2011, 136/Lot# 16891 $122.10
10/9/2011 NGC PF 69   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 1885 $230.00
10/31/2012 NGC PF 68   Teletrade Auction 3374, 3374/Lot# 1558 $55.00
11/30/2014 NGC PF 69   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 605 $210.00
1/22/2017 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131705/Lot# 29884 $329.00
8/13/2017 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131734/Lot# 27120 $140.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333339121620284141416398123163255366674951
3333351013172332414148751061361942924697660
00000010131723324141487510613619429246900
00000011151925374141568611515022432957100
1956 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333612162024324545507216318323739562022332335
3333481317212736454757102170201290470115822670
0000001317212736454757102170201290470115800
0000001519232941454865133176219342545169500
1956 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333336912162437373741598185119220502774
333334710131928373738476682961533145930
0000007101319283737384766829615331400
00000081115213337374053748410818640800
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Grade: PF 69 UC
Points: 2233
Owner: Charles Stevens
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2233
Owner: Daniel McMunn
 
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