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Washington Quarter Values 1965 - 1998

How Much Are My Clad Washington Quarters Worth?

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an example of a Washington quarter clad
Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com

This coin value guide provides information on Washington quarter values (clad) for coins minted from 1965 to 1998.  The table below has average coin values based upon the condition of the coin.  If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in commerce, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." The pictures below illustrate examples of each condition. Do not clean your coins. Cleaned coins are worth considerably less and coin dealers can spot a them immediately.

Introduction to Coin Values

There are many factors that go into determining the value of your coins. First of all you must understand how the coin market operates. If a coin dealer runs out of 1965 Washington quarters, he cannot order more of them from the U.S. Mint because the mint does not make coins dated 1965 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying coins from other coin dealers or from people looking to sell their coins. What he pays you for that coin is known as the "wholesale price" or "value." If you want to buy that 1965 coin from the coin dealer, that is known as the "retail price" or "price."

 Market Analysis

Washington quarters  are the workhorse of coins in the U.S. economy today.  Although they are no longer produced (they were replaced by the 50 State Quarters series) they commonly found in change today.  Therefore circulated coins are worth only their face value of twenty-five cents. On the other hand, uncirculated coins can carry a premium and dealers may be willing to buy them from you.

But don't expect to walk in to a coin shop with a big bag of Washington quarters and have the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the nice ones.  If you want top dollar for your silver Washington quarter, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

Although there are no key dates, rare coins or special varieties in this series, the United States minted a special coin to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States. In anticipation of the overwhelming demand for these coins, the mint started producing them in 1975 (no quarters were produced baring the date 1975).  The obverse was changed to exhibit the dual date of "1776-1976". The reverse was redesigned to show a colonial drummer facing left, with a victory torch encircled by 13 stars at the upper left. E PLURIBUS UNUM is below torch and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and QUARTER DOLLAR surround the coin at the rim  (see photo below). 

The San Francisco mint produced a special coin for collectors that is made of 40% silver. Because of it's silver value, this coin carries an additional premium and is worth slightly more than its clad counterpart. You can tell if it's silver by looking at the edge of the coin.  If you see a band of copper sandwiched in the middle, it is not 40% silver; if the edge is silver colored (no copper band) it is the silver variety.

  • 1976-S 40% Silver
  • 1983-P Uncirculated
silver Washington quarter mint mark location
1976 Bicentennial Quarter
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Condition or Grade Examples

Washington quarter Average Circulated Condition Circulated Washington quarter Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated
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Mint Marks

Clad Washington quarters were produced at three different mints from 1965 to 1998: Philadelphia (no mint mark from 1965 to 1979; starting in 1980 a "P" was used), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture below, the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, just to the right of the ribbon in Washington's ponytail.

silver Washington quarter mint mark location
Mint Mark Location
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Washington Quarter Average Values

The following table lists the value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you) for your Washington quarters. The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the value of an average circulated (Avg Circ) coin and the average value for an uncirculated (Avg Unc) one. These are approximate values and the actual offer that you will receive from a particular dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors.

Date Avg Circ Avg Unc Date Avg Circ Avg Unc
1965 F.V. $0.40 1983-P* F.V. $7.00
1966 F.V. $0.40 1983-D F.V. $4.00
1967 F.V. $0.40 1984-P F.V. $1.00
1968 F.V. $0.80 1984-D F.V. $1.00
1968-D F.V. $0.80 1985-P F.V. $1.00
1969 F.V. $1.50 1985-D F.V. $0.80
1969-D F.V. $0.80 1986-P F.V. $0.40
1970 F.V. $0.40 1986-D F.V. $2.00
1970-D F.V. $0.80 1987-P F.V. $1.00
1971 F.V. $0.80 1987-D F.V. $0.80
1971-D F.V. $0.40 1988-P F.V. $0.40
1972 F.V. $0.40 1988-D F.V. $0.80
1972-D F.V. $0.80 1989-P F.V. $0.40
1973 F.V. $0.80 1989-D F.V. $0.40
1973-D F.V. $0.40 1990-P F.V. $0.80
1974 F.V. $0.80 1990-D F.V. $0.40
1974-D F.V. $1.00 1991-P F.V. $1.00
1975 N.M. N.M. 1991-D F.V. $0.50
1975-D N.M. N.M. 1992-P F.V. $1.00
1975-S N.M. N.M. 1992-D F.V. $0.50
1976 F.V. $0.40 1993-P F.V. $0.50
1976-D F.V. $0.80 1993-D F.V. $0.50
1976-S 40% silver* $1.75 $2.00 1994-P F.V. $0.50
1977 F.V. $0.80 1994-D F.V. $0.50
1977-D F.V. $0.40 1995-P F.V. $0.50
1978 F.V. $0.40 1995-D F.V. $0.50
1978-D F.V. $0.80 1996-P F.V. $0.50
1979 F.V. $0.80 1996-D F.V. $0.50
1979-D F.V. $0.80 1997-P F.V. $0.50
1980-P F.V. $0.40 1997-D F.V. $0.50
1980-D F.V. $0.40 1998-P F.V. $0.50
1981-P F.V. $0.80 1998-D F.V. $0.50
1981-D F.V. $0.80
1982-P F.V. $3.00
1982-D F.V. $1.50

F.V. = Face Value
N.M. = None Minted
*= See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

These values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing magazines and books such as Numismatic News, Coin World, "The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins," The Coin Dealer Newsletter, published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

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