The United States quarter is one-sixteenth of an inch thick and weighs 0.2 ounces, according to the U.S. Mint. The obverse (heads) bears the image of President George Washington, while the reverse (tails) depicts alternate designs of national parks and sites. Prior to 1999, the reverse featured an eagle.
The quarter was designed by John Flanagan in 1932 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of President Washington's birth. It was initially circulated as a commemorative coin but was made regular issue in 1934. Since 2010, the U.S. Mint began issuing quarters depicting national parks and sites as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.Learn More
State quarter errors are mistakes made on coins from the U.S. Mint's state quarter series, which was launched in 1999. Types of state quarter errors include missing design features, improper coatings, wrongly sized coins, off-center strikes, blank coins and die cracks and rotation errors.Full Answer >
The Northern Mariana Islands quarter is part of the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories series issued by the U.S. Mint. The quarter has the same face value as any other quarter, but may hold a slightly higher collectible value when purchased as a set.Full Answer >
The last minted quarter made of silver was produced by the U.S. Mint in 1966 in accordance with the Coinage Act of 1965. The first clad quarters, containing no silver, were minted in August 1965.Full Answer >
Although quarters were never made entirely of silver, the U.S. Mint completely stopped using silver in quarters in 1965, producing the last actual silver quarters in 1964. Prior to 1965, the Mint made quarters out of 10 percent copper and 90 percent silver.Full Answer >