1950-D/S 25C MS66 Certification #19611712, PCGS #5843

Expert Comments

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

PCGS #
5843
Designer
John Flanagan
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
24.30 millimeters
Weight
6.30 grams
Mintage
21075600
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
5
Pop Lower
214
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 20000 R-2.8 5 / 93 TIE 5 / 93 TIE
All Grades 1000 R-5.0 4 / 93 4 / 93
60 or Better 220 R-6.8 3 / 93 3 / 93
65 or Better 20000
All Grades 1000
60 or Better 220
65 or Better R-2.8
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-6.8
65 or Better 5 / 93 TIE
All Grades 4 / 93
60 or Better 3 / 93
65 or Better 5 / 93 TIE
All Grades 4 / 93
60 or Better 3 / 93

Condition Census Learn More

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

Heritage 9/2009:698

2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66 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