1934 25C Medium Motto MS67+ Certification #25018714, PCGS #5793
Three obverse hubs were used to produce 1934 Quarter Dollars, as follows:
Light Motto - aka Type of 1932 - IN GOD WE TRUST mushy and indistinct
Medium Motto - aka Type of 1935 - IN GOD WE TRUST stronger, but the letters are thin
Heavy Motto - aka Type of 1936 - IN GOD WE TRUST very strong, the top center of the W is higher than the left and right strokes (diagnostic)
Sources and/or recommended reading:
The Washington Quarters of 1934" by David W. Lange, NUMISMATIST, September 2003, pp. 22-23
David HallThough the mintages are similar, the 1934 Washington quarter is not as easy to find in all grades as the 1935, 1936, and 1939. Gems examples have white frosty luster and often have varying degrees of original toning. Note that there are varieties which have "light" and "heavy" mottos and there is a double die obverse variety.
Gordon WrubelQuickfinder Notes: The letters in the motto "In God We Trust" on the Medium Motto quarter are sharply defined. To distinguish this variety from the Heavy Motto variety, just look at the W in "We". The center peak is well BELOW The outer diagonals of that letter on the Medium Motto. On the much scarcer Heavy Motto variety, the center peak of the W extends ABOVE the outer diagonals of the letter.