Washington 50 States Quarters (1999 – 2008)

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The longest quarter dollar series to date, the Washington Quarter Dollar started in 1932 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. This series has continued to the current date. However, in 1999 the United States mint embarked on a program aimed at generating interest in coin collecting. Typically, coins from the mint that are intended for collectors take the form of commemoratives and are issued in relatively small quantities. But in 1999 they came up with the idea of creating a series that would commemorate the year each of the fifty states first entered the union to be used as circulating coinage. The plan was to release five coins each year for ten years in the order that the state was first recognized. While the composition remained a copper-nickel alloy as in previous years of mintage there were silver proof examples for each year of the series. The concept was an immediate hit with collectors as well as the general public. In fact, many individuals who had never been particularly interested in collecting coins found themselves saving one example of each state either purchased directly from the mint or from change they received from their daily purchases. The series also generated a new group of collectors among children as the coins helped to teach facts and information about every state. The State Quarter coins to be used in circulation were minted at the Philadelphia and Denver mints, while the San Francisco mint produced proof examples in both copper-nickel clad and 90% silver.

The obverse or front of the coin still displays the bust of George Washington, however the design of the head was modified and the obverse changed to include some of the wording that had originally appeared on the reverse of the coin so that there would be room on the reverse to display a unique design and information unique to each of the fifty states. The context of this article will not provide a delineation of each reverse design, however each state theme was proposed to and approved by the governor of that state. The state’s name and date it entered the union is displayed at the top of the reverse of the coin. A symbol unique to the state’s heritage appears with the date of mintage and the motto, “E Pluribus Unum”, (Out of many, one) appears at the bottom of the coin. The denomination, displayed as, “Quarter Dollar”, was moved to the obverse of the coin and appears underneath the bust of Washington. This series of Washington quarter dollars weigh 5.67 grams with a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel bonded to an inner core of pure copper. The silver proof versions weigh 6.25 grams and are 90% silver and 10% copper. They all have a diameter of 24.3 mm.


With the exception of the proof versions, the state quarters are still considered currency and do not generally carry a premium over their face value. However, because they are so widely collected, high-grade gem quality versions can carry a value significantly above their intended face value. Such coins are often valued from $5 to as much as $65 for certain states. Proof coins in exceptional condition can also carry similar values. Silver proof coins in less than superb condition, while not typically collectable, will still maintain a value consistent with the current “spot price”, or melt value based on the amount of actual silver they contain.
There are many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, and the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

We Buy State Quarters

We would like to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for them, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.