We are pleased to offer for sale this 1979-S Type 1 Proof Washington Quarter. The Quarter is in Gem Proof condition, with nice eye appeal and no major marks or visible problems. This coin is taken from an original Proof Set, and is an outstanding value!
The Washington Quarter was created to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The design was first released into circulation on August 1st, 1932, and continued unchanged until the Bicentennial Quarter design in 1976. The obverse of the Washington Quarter features a bust of George Washington in profile, facing left. It was designed by John Flanagan and is based on a 1786 bust of Washington sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon. The Washington Quarter features the inscription LIBERTY at the top of the coin and IN GOD WE TRUST in smaller type below Washington's chin. The reverse of the Washington Quarter features a bald eagle grasping several arrows in its claws above two olive branches, beneath the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was also designed by John Flanagan.
The 1979-S Type 1 Proof Washington Quarter is comprised of .916 (91.6%) copper and .083 (8.3%) nickel, with a diameter of 24.26mm and a mass of 5.670 grams with a reeded edge. It is a beautiful coin in Gem Proof condition, a great value perfect for any Washington Quarter collection. There were 3,053,175 of the 1979-S Washington Proof Quarters minted at the San Francisco Mint. The Type 1 1979-S Washington Quarter Proof is the more common kind for that year. It is referred to as the "Filled S" type because the mint mark takes more the appearance of a blob than a distinct 'S'. The mint mark used to strike the Type 1 coins was retired in 1979 and a new one was used to create the Type 2 coins for 1979.