Suddenly scarce 90% silver US Constitutional Coin. 40-Count Roll of pre-1965 Washington Quarters Condition: Average Circulated as pictured, will be randomly rolled from the coins you see here. See Item Specifics section above for additional details. Soup kitchens, massive unemployment and the Dust Bowl all took their toll on the publics spirit. But the following year was the 200th anniversary of George Washingtons birth, and officials in our nations capital were ready to mark the occasion.
The Treasury Department had proposed that a half dollar be struck to honor the birth of the nations founding father. Enlisting the cooperation of the Commission of Fine Arts and the Washington Bicentennial Commission, they went ahead with plans for a design competition. Rules announced early in the year called for entries modeled after the celebrated bust of Washington by noted French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon. The bust, created from a life-mask taken at Mount Vernon in 1785, was uncannily accurate and nationally admired. 98 entrants fashioned some 100 designs: Most were amateurish, some were good, but one was exceptional, at least in the Commissions opinion.
It had been submitted by Laura Gardin Fraser, designer of several U. Commemorative coins and wife of James Earle Fraser, who created the Buffalo nickel. Frasers powerful, medallic design was far superior to those of her competition and reminiscent of the artistic works produced during the numismatically golden years inspired by Theodore Roosevelt. The Commissions decision was unanimous.Unfortunately, there were other people to please. Initially, Congress got into the act. Since changing the design of the half dollar required their approval, once asked they instead decided to change the quarter, thereby signaling an end to the acclaimed Standing Liberty design issued since 1916. No one argued with the denominational change, but a real problem was to arise with the man lawfully responsible for coinage designs, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon. Mellon had his own views about art. Rich beyond imagination, he had amassed one of the worlds foremost art collections, along with a reputation for stubbornness which was only exacerbated by his wealth and position. Some would later attribute it to Mellons pro-male bias, but he repeatedly refused to listen to the Commissions pleas for Frasers design. Instead he chose one by John Flanagan, a medalist whose earlier works evoked his studies under Augustus Saint-Gaudens, but whose Washington design was an icon of the bland, conservative and frozen images that proliferated (especially in government sculpture) during the Depression. At first, Mellon placated the Commission, calling for a second contest. But ultimately he chose the Flanagan design. While still fielding protests from the advisory panel, he left office to become Herbert Hoovers ambassador to Great Britain.
His successor, Ogden Mills, would consider the matter no further. He brusquely reminded the Commissioners that they had a purely advisory role and that the final decision fell upon the Treasury Secretary, not the Commission. Flanagans design was simple but not especially well suited to medallic art. Washington faces left and dominates the obverse, with the date below and LIBERTY above. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is in the left field, with the designers initials on the base of the neck.
A spread-winged heraldic eagle adorns the reverse, encircled by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM above, and QUARTER DOLLAR and a wreath below. Mintmarks are found below the wreath on coins dated 1964 and earlier, and just to the right of Washingtons braid on issues beginning in 1968. From a production viewpoint, Mint officials must have loved the design. With such low relief, coins could be rapidly struck with only one blow from the press. The drawback, however, was not only an artistic loss, but the weak design elements required periodic alterations to the master hub.The motto was so weakly defined in 1932 and on some issues of 1934 that it could barely be read, even on uncirculated coins. There have been three significant changes in the series since its inception in 1932.
In 1965, the composition was changed from 90% silver to a clad or sandwich metal of 75% copper and 25% nickel, bonded to a pure copper core. Beginning in 1999, however, the Washington quarter will be changed no less than five times per year through 2008, as each of the fifty states is commemorated on the quarters reverse. The statutory legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the value QUARTER DOLLAR have been relocated to the obverse to provide space for the distinctive reverses. Whether the old type will resume after that time is still uncertain. Continually gaining in popularity with collectors, Washington quarters are usually assembled by date and mint.
Coins were issued every year except 1933. Although not rare, the low mintage 1932-D and S quarters are considered scarce issues, along with Mint State 1936 Denver coins which, despite their large mintage, somehow escaped the hoarders nets.Since 1932, billions of regular and proof Washington quarters have been coined. Production has taken place at four mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point.
Since 1968, all proofs have been struck at the San Francisco Mint. Earlier proof coins emanated from the Philadelphia Mint. Washington quarters are collected in all grade ranges but are especially popular in Mint State.
With so many coins struck from so many dies, repunched mintmarks, over-mintmarks and hubbing errors abound, making the series a fertile field of study for those delving into the intricacies of modern coinage production. Grading this type is fairly simple. Wear on the design will first show on Washingtons hair at the ear and on the center of the eagles breast. Struck counterfeits exist, but collectors are more likely to encounter added mintmarks, especially on the 1932-D and 1932-S issues.
Authentication of any questionable specimen is highly recommended. Junk silver is an informal term used in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia for any silver coin that is in fair or cull condition and has no numismatic or collectible value above the bullion value of the silver it contains. Such coins are popular among people seeking to invest in silver, particularly in small amounts.
The word "junk" refers only to the value of the coins as collectibles and not to the actual condition of the coins; junk silver is not necessarily scrap silver.  Precious metals including silver are measured in troy ounces (ozt). A spot price for silver is the price for a troy ounce of silver which is 99.9-percent pure, or 999 fine. Silver coins including junk-silver coins have set silver-alloy contents ranging from 35-percent to 90-percent or more.
The term "coin silver, " for example, refers to 90-percent silver alloy which was the most common alloy used to mint silver U. Any combination of 90-percent silver U. 7736 troy ounces of silver. In other words, a full troy ounce of 99.9-percent silver is contained in any combination of 90-percent silver U. Coins The most commonly collected junk-silver U.
Coins were minted before 1965 and include Morgan and Peace dollars; Liberty Head "Barber, " Walking Liberty, Franklin and Kennedy half dollars; Liberty Head "Barber, " Standing Liberty and Washington quarters; Liberty Head "Barber, " Winged Liberty Head "Mercury" and Roosevelt dimes; and Jefferson "Wartime" nickels.  Dollars Morgan (18781904 & 1921) -- 90-percent silver Peace (19211928 and 19341935) -- 90-percent silver Half-Dollars Liberty Head "Barber" (18921915) -- 90-percent silver Walking Liberty (19161947) -- 90-percent silver Franklin (19481963) -- 90-percent silver Kennedy (1964) -- 90-percent silver Kennedy (19651970) -- 40-percent silver Quarters Liberty Head "Barber" (18921916) -- 90-percent silver Standing Liberty (19161930) -- 90-percent silver Washington (1932, 19341964) -- 90-percent silver Dimes Liberty Head "Barber" (18921916) -- 90-percent silver Winged Liberty Head "Mercury" (19161945) -- 90-percent silver Roosevelt (19461964) -- 90-percent silver Nickels Jefferson "Wartime" 1942 (partial)-1945 -- 35-percent silver. 40-Count Roll of pre-1965 Washington Quarters Condition: Average Circulated as pictured, will be randomly rolled from the coins you see here SB-59510. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution.The item "WASHINGTON Quarters x 40 Roll 90% SILVER $10 face value AVG CIRC+ with pic" is in sale since Sunday, April 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ US\Quarters\Washington (1932-98)". The seller is "asounddeal" and is located in Fischer, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.