Expert Comments

David Hall

The Washington quarter was first issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth. It was the first design change for U.S. coins since 1916. It was some what of a novelty at the time of issue. However, 1932 was the depth of the Great Depression so not a lot of Uncircuated examples were initially saved. The coin was desirable nonetheless and within a few years it was much hoarded. But most of the coins that were saved were sliders, i.e. coins that had seen a little circulation and would grade AU58 or so today. I remember seeing slider rolls of this isssue in the 1970s. True Gem MS65 or better 1932 Philadelphia quarters are actually fairly rare. In MS67 (PCGS population of only two coins as of August, 2009), this is an extremely rare coin.


Ron Guth

According to a notice in the June 1934 issue of The Numismatist (p. 416), collectors could still purchase Uncirculated 1932 Quarter Dollars directly from the U.S. Treasury for "the face value of the coins and an amount sufficient to cover the mail charrges by first-class mail."

Diameter
24.30 millimeters
Designer
John Flanagan
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
5404000
Weight
6.30 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
3819
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 500000 R-1.6 19 / 93 TIE 19 / 93 TIE
All Grades 40000 R-2.6 42 / 93 TIE 42 / 93 TIE
60 or Better 5000 R-4.0 15 / 93 TIE 15 / 93 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Wondercoin Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Wondercoin Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade