The 1942 Washington quarters have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1942 Quarter

Specifications

Type: Washington Quarter
Year: 1942
Face Value: $0.25
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .18084 oz.
Total Weight: 6.25 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $3.05

The US minted the 1942 quarter with no mint mark and also the 1942 D and 1942 S quarter. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1942 Philadelphia 102,096,000
1942 D Denver 17,487,200
1942 S San Francisco 19,384,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $3.05 as of November 14, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.85 per ounce.

The 1942 quarter with no mint mark is worth around $7.50 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $9 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $27.

The 1942 D quarter is worth around $8 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $17 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $27.

The 1942 S quarter is the most valuable series. This coin is worth around $10 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $70 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $150.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $100 in PR 65 condition. There were only 21,123 proof coins minted.

Double Die Error

There is a double die error for the 1942 D quarter. The error can be found on the obverse side of the coin. If the markings overlap each other then the coin is a double die error.

The 1942 D double die error quarter is worth around $350 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,800 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $7,000.

Grading System

Extremely fine- The hair lines look sharp. The only signs of wear are on the eagle's breast and at the top of the eagle's legs.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

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:

1943 Quarter
1941 Quarter
1940 Quarter