The standard 1776-1976 Washington quarters are made of a clad composition that contains copper and nickel. Silver clad quarters and silver clad proof quarters were also minted and they sell for more money. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1776-1976 Quarter

1776-1976 Quarter Reverse

This coin has a special design on the reverse side of the coin to celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States. The reverse side of the coin features a military drummer along with a victory torch encircled by 13 stars. This design is why these coins are called drummer boy quarters. The obverse side of the coin features the same design as other Washington quarters.

The US minted the 1776-1976 quarter with no mint mark and also the 1776-1976 D quarter, 1776-1976 S proof quarter, 1776-1976 S silver quarter, and 1776-1976 S silver proof quarter.

Note: The mint mark, when present, can be found on the obverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1776-1976 Philadelphia 809,784,016
1776-1976 D Denver 860,118,839
1776-1976 S Proof San Francisco 7,059,099
1776-1976 S Silver San Francisco 11,000,000
1776-1976 S Silver Proof San Francisco 4,000,000

Clad Quarters

The standard 1776-1976 clad quarters in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.25. These coins only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition.

The 1776-1976 quarter with no mint mark and the 1776-1976 D quarter are each worth around $1.25 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade. The value is around $6 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 1776-1976 S proof quarter is worth around $5 in PR 65 condition.

Silver Clad Quarters

This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $1.82 as of October 25, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $24.58 per ounce.

The 1776-1976 S silver quarter is worth around $4 in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 63. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $7.

The 1776-1976 S silver proof quarter is worth around $8 in PR 65 condition.

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Grading System

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1776-1976 Half Dollar
1776-1976 Silver Dollar