We are pleased to offer for sale this Washington Quarter Set, it includes all business strike Washington Silver Quarters from 1948 - 1964 in Circulated G-4 or Better condition, a Littleton Washington Quarters Folder LCF13, and a Pair of White Cotton Gloves to Handle Coins.
The 40 Washington Silver Quarters included in this Washington Quarter Set are all in circulated G-4 or better condition. These coins were issued from 1948 through 1964 from the Philadelphia (P), Denver (D), and San Francisco (S) Mints. These are 90% Silver Washington Quarters. The Washington Silver Quarters will come in a tube. We provide a pair of cotton gloves to handle your Washington Quarters without harm while placing them into your Washington Silver Quarters folder.
The 40 Washington Silver Quarters, Washington Quarters Folder, and Cotton Gloves included in the set are:
- Information on the Washington Quarter series:
1932 was President George Washington's 200th birthday. Congress wished to honor the occasion with a one year commemorative coin, either a half dollar or quarter dollar. The quarter dollar was chosen and minting of the Standing Liberty Quarter was suspended for a year.
The design for the coin was determined by a contest that stipulated the designs be modeled after Jean Houdon's iconic bust of Washington. While the design of Laura Fraser was initially accepted by the Commission of Fine Arts which was established by Congress in 1910 to advise on new designs for coins, medals, buildings, and federally controlled open spaces , Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon rejected it, convinced the decision was ultimately his own. Instead, he chose John Flanagan's profile of the first president. This quarter was originally meant to be a one-year-only commemorative coin, but its popularity made it the country's new regular-issue quarter in 1934 (no quarters were struck in 1933) .
Initially, the Washington Quarter was composed of 90% silver with 10% copper. By 1964, the price of silver had risen to where it would cost more than 25 cents to mint Washington Quarters. The Treasury Department switched to a clad composition consisting of an outer layer of 75% copper and 25% nickel with an entirely copper inner core.
In 1965 Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1965, which prohibited mintmarks on coins in an effort to keep collectors from removing the coins from circulation, As a result, the "D" was removed from Washington Quarters minted in Denver. Congress authorized adding the mintmark back to coins in 1968, though it was moved from the reverse to the obverse of the Washington Quarter.
To commemorate the Bicentennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Mint held a competition for new designs of the reverse of the Washington Quarter in 1974. Jack Ahr won the competition with a design showing a colonial drummer boy and torch of liberty. In addition to the redesigned reverse, a double-date "1776-1976" was added to the obverse. For the Bicentennial, a small number of silver clad coins, consisting of an exterior plating of 80% silver and 20% copper with an inner core of 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper were minted for collectors.
In 1999 a 50 State Quarters Program replaced the traditional reverse with a ten-year series of designs, one for each of the 50 states. Also in 1999, William Cousins was selected to add hair lines to Washington's portrait, greatly altering the coin's appearance. Washington Quarters were issued by the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints.
- Information on the Littleton Washington Silver Quarter Folder:
This 4 panel Washington Quarter Folder holds all the business strike Washington Silver Quarters from 1948 through 1964. The Washington Quarters folder contains 43 ports labeled with year, mint, and mintage figures for the Washington Silver Quarters as well as three blank ports for you to customize your collection. This Washington Quarters folder measures 6.5 " x 8.275 " when closed.
This Washington Silver Quarter Set is a great gift for the beginning collector through the experienced numismatist!