1961-S Silver Proof Washington Quarter. You will receive the Proof 90% Silver Washington 25C quarter in a plastic sleeve. If you purchase a complete roll of 40 quarters, you will receive these coins in a hard plastic tube. These coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint. A complete roll of (40) 90% Silver Proof Washington Quarters will contain a total of 7.2336 oz of silver bullion.
- All of these coins were pulled from sealed US Mint silver proof sets.
- Meticulous care was taken not to touch or contaminate this Washington silver proof quarter in any way.
- To preserve their condition, these coins were placed in a plastic tube holder and were extracted from the original slabs using cotton gloves.
- Obverse: Features the head of George Washington facing left with inscriptions Liberty and In God We Trust.
- Reverse: Features an eagle with outstretched wings, perched on a bundle of arrows with olive branches beneath. The inscriptions read United States of America, E Pluribus Unum, and Quarter Dollar.
The Washington Quarter was designed by John Flanagan, and originally introduced in 1932 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Although the coin was only intended to be issued for one year, the design proved so popular that it continued to be used in the following years. A modified version of the obverse continues to be used to this day for the twenty-five cent denomination.
The long running series has been produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. The original composition of 90% silver and 10% copper was used from 1932 to 1964 before being replaced with the copper nickel clad composition. Mintages have ranged widely over the years, with widespread circulation throughout the United States. After the introduction of the State Quarters Program in 1999, the series gained more attention and prices for many issues also rose.
Washington Quarters have two primary key date coins, the 1932-D and 1932-S issues, which had mintages of just over 400,000. The highest mintage occurred in 1965 when more than 1.8 billion quarters were struck. This was the first clad composition issue of the series, which was actually struck at multiple mint facilities without using mint marks.