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1950-D/S 25C (Regular Strike)

Series: Washington Quarters 1932-1964

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
5843
Designer:
John Flanagan
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.30 grams
Mintage:
21,075,600
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 20,000 R-2.8 5 / 93 TIE 5 / 93 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 4 / 93 4 / 93
65 or Better 220 R-6.8 3 / 93 3 / 93
Survival Estimate
All Grades 20,000
60 or Better 1,000
65 or Better 220
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.8
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better R-6.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 93 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 93
65 or Better 3 / 93
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 93 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 93
65 or Better 3 / 93

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2009:698

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
9 MS65+ PCGS grade PCGS #5843 (MS)     65+
10 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2009:698

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
PCGS #5843 (MS)     65+ #9 MS65+ PCGS grade
#10 MS65 PCGS grade
David Hall:

There are two major varieties for the 1950 Washington quarters, the D over S and the S over D. Both are quite rare with the D over S being somewhat more rare than the S over D. The story is that in 1950 the Philadelphia mint received an order for dies from one of the branch mints, and being one die short of filling the order, a mint employee overpunched the mintmark in an already existing die to create the die to fill the order. Then sometime later the exact opposite occured, creating the other variety.

Ron Guth:

The 1950-D over S Quarter Dollar is one of the more popular varieties in the series. Mint State examples, while not common, appear on the market fairly frequently in grades up to MS65. In MS66 and better, this variety is very rare; the finest example certified by PCGS as of 2/9/2011 is a single MS67.

On this variety, the mintmark looks like a D over D over S, with the top and left of the S appearing underneath the upper left side of the final D. This variety is also known as FS-601 (old FS-021).

Sources and/or recommended reading: "Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, 4th Edition, Volume II" by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton