The standard 1997 Washington quarters are made of a clad composition that contains 75% copper and 25% nickel. Clad proof quarters and silver proof quarters were also minted and they sell for more money. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1997 Quarter

The US minted the 1997 P quarter, 1997 D quarter, 1997 S proof quarter, and 1997 S silver proof quarter.

Proof coins are essentially coins that have more detail. They are minted on special planchets and it takes longer to produce them. They are specifically made for collectors so you won't find any in your spare change.

Note: The mint mark can be found on the obverse side of each coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1997 P Philadelphia 595,740,000
1997 D Denver 599,680,000
1997 S Proof San Francisco 2,055,000
1997 S Silver Proof San Francisco 741,678

Clad Quarters

The standard 1997 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 1997 P quarter is worth around $1 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade. The value is around $11 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 1997 D quarter is worth around $1 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade. The value is around $12 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 1997 S proof quarter is worth around $5 in PR 65 condition.

Silver Proof Quarter

This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $3.25 as of January 17, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $17.98 per ounce.

The 1997 S silver proof quarter is worth around $9 in PR 65 condition.

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:

1998 Quarter
1996 Quarter
1995 Quarter