In 1932 the Washington Quarter made its debut, replacing the former Standing Liberty Quarter design. The most sought after dates are the 1932-S and 1932-D, due to the lower mintages. The Washington obverse and spread-winged eagle reverse remained unchanged from 1932-1974, with only the mint mark re-located from the reverse to the obverse in 1968, in 1975 the Bicentennial Reverse was used (no coins known to be dated 1975). The only other change made during this same time frame is the change in metal composition from 90% silver to 75% copper clad in 25% nickel starting in 1965. Not until 1992-S, in special proof sets, did the 90% silver Washington Quarter reappear.
In 1977 the original design resumed, and remained unchanged until 1999 when the legislation began the State Quarter Reverse design, and from 1999-Present, each year, five different states have been honored on the reverse of their respective quarter. Further noteworthy, during the 1976 Bicentennial Year a special three coin set which contained the not only the Bicentennial Washington Quarter, but the Eisenhower Dollar, and Roosevelt Dime with a metal composition of 80% silver/ 20% copper outer layer and a 20.0% silver/ 79.1% copper center.
1932-D Washington Quarter Identification:
It's the most faked Washington Quarter and should be authenticated by knowledgeable dealers or grading services, but there's certain aspect of identifying authentic 1932-D Washington Quarters. The D mint mark must have a box shape with short serifs and does not look flat, long or wide on any side.
It should look like it's on an Island and circulated examples will look as if the coin has a wavy and deep recess surrouding the mint mark, plus the area around the mint mark will appear uneven and have die polish lines. The die polish lines are most notable on higher grade examples and are not as discernable the lower the grade is.
It should be noted that the images below are for refence only, but are of authentic 1932-D Washington Quarters. Several factors effect the look of the D mint and surrounding area due to lighting, reflections, shadows, and the coin's grade, condition and luster.
1932-S Washington Quarter Identification:
The 1932-S is very similar in appearance as the D mint mark in that it's boxy, raised, and looks to be on an island and surrounded by an uneven surface. One die even had a small and horizontal die crack above the D in Dollar, but most examples don't have this.
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Cherry Picker's List:
1934 Double Die
1937 Double die reverse
1943-S Double Die
1976-D Double die obverse, doubling on the word LIBERTY.
1988 No mint mark under date.
1989 No mint mark under date.
2004-D Wisconsin State Quarter with extra leaf on obverse, and there are several slightly different types.
2005-P Minnesota State Quarter “Extra Tree” variety reverse, there are several different types. Picture