Proof Washington Quarters

Proof Washington Quarters were first struck from 1936 to 1942 at the Philadelphia Mint. These early proof coins were sold individually or as a complete set containing one example of each denomination. The mintages for these years were considerably lower than proof issues which would later follow, with the lowest mintage of 3,837 recorded for the 1936 Proof Washington Quarter.

The Philadelphia Mint resumed production of proof coins in 1950, this time only offering the coins in complete sets. These were first packaged in cellophane flips within cardboard boxes, and later in flat packs within envelopes. Proof Washington Quarters from 1950 to 1964 were minted in higher numbers and are commonly found for most dates. Proof coins exhibiting cameo or deep cameo contrast are less frequently encountered and scarce for some dates and will command significant premiums above examples with fully brilliant surfaces.

From 1968 to present, proof coins have been minted at the San Francisco Mint with the “S” mint mark and sold to collectors in packaged sets. The coins were struck in the new composition of 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel. Starting in 1992, the United States Mint also offered a 90% silver version of the proof set. These modern silver proof coins have all experienced lower mintages than their clad composition counterparts. With only a few exceptions, modern era proof Washington Quarters are readily obtainable, although competition exists for the highest PCGS and NGC graded examples.

Proof Washington Quarter Mintages

1936 3,837
1937 5,542
1938 8,045
1939 8,795
1940 11,246
1941 15,287
1942 21,123
1950 51,386
1951 57,500
1952 81,980
1953 128,800
1954 233,300
1955 378,200
1956 669,384
1957 1,247,952
1958 875,652
1959 1,149,291
1960 1,691,602
1961 3,028,244
1962 3,218,019
1963 3,075,645
1964 3,950,762
1968-S 3,041,506
1969-S 2,934,631
1970-S 2,632,810
1971-S 3,220,733
1972-S 3,260,996
1973-S 2,760,339
1974-S 2,612,568
1776-1976-S 7,059,099
1776-1976-S Silver 4,000,000
1977-S 3,251,152
1978-S 3,127,781
1979-S 3,677,175
1980-S 3,554,806
1981-S 4,063,083
1982-S 3,857,479
1983-S 3,279,126
1984-S 3,065,110
1985-S 3,362,821
1986-S 3,010,497
1987-S 4,227,728
1988-S 3,262,948
1989-S 3,220,194
1990-S 3,299,559
1991-S 2,867,787
1992-S 2,858,981
1992-S Silver 1,317,579
1993-S 2,633,439
1993-S Silver 761,353
1994-S 2,484,594
1994-S Silver 785,329
1995-S 2,117,496
1995-S Silver 679,985
1996-S 1,750,244
1996-S Silver 775,021
1997-S 2,055,000
1997-S Silver 741,678
1998-S 2,086,507
1998-S Silver 878,792