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90% Silver Quarters | 1964 quarter

Quarter Dollar History

The quarter is the US coin whose denomination is worth 25 cents or a quarter of a dollar. Although most Americans simply refer to them as quarters,  their formal name is Quarter Dollar. The Act of April 2, 1792, authorized the production of Quarter Dollars, which have been produced since 1796. This denomination is  extensively used in circulation and has featured some stunning and exceptional designs throughout its history. Some editions have been extremely popular and commonly available while others are rarer and can be difficult to find. Different designs are pursued by collectors while investors are mainly after their silver content.

Quarters Timeline:

Silver quarters

  • Draped Bust 1796–1807
  • Draped Bust, Small Eagle 1796
  • Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle 1804–1807
  • Capped Bust 1815–1838
  • Capped Bust (Large Size), With Motto 1815–1828
  • Capped Bust (Small Size), No Motto 1831–1838
  • Seated Liberty 1838–1891
  • Seated Liberty, No Motto 1838–1865
  • Seated Liberty, With Motto 1866–1891
  • Barber 1892–1916
  • Standing Liberty 1916–1930
  • Standing Liberty (Type 1) 1916–1917
  • Standing Liberty (Type 2 or Type 2a) 1917–1924
  • Standing Liberty (Type 3 or Type 2b) 1925-1930
  • Washington Quarter 1932–1964, 1992–1998 (proof only)
  • Washington Bicentennial 1975–1976 (all were dated 1776–1976) (40% silver-clad, not intended for circulation)
  • Washington 50 State Quarters 1999–2008 (proof only)
  • Washington District of Columbia and U.S. territories 2009 (proof only)
  • Washington America the Beautiful Quarters 2010–2021 (proof only)

Copper-nickel quarters

  • Washington Quarter 1965–1974, 1977–1998
  • Washington Bicentennial 1975–1976 (all were dated 1776–1976)
  • Washington 50 State Quarters 1999–2008
  • Washington District of Columbia and U.S. Territories 2009
  • Washington America the Beautiful Quarters 2010–2021

Metal Composition of Quarter Dollars

  • The quarters issued between 1796 and 1965 had 90% silver and 10% copper content.
  • Quarters issued after 1965 have clad copper-nickel content.

To keep the price of silver down and to maintain the intrinsic value of US coinage from exceeding its face value, in the early 1960s the federal government began to flood the market with silver.  This created a domino effect resulting in dangerously low concentrations of silver in the US Reserve. According to estimations, the silver in the reserve at that time would have barely lasted another 3 to 5 years. In response, Congress authorized the US Mint to find an alternative material to replace the coins made of  90% silver and 10% copper (the dime, quarter dollar, half-dollar, and dollar). The mint chose a 75% copper,25% nickel cupronickel alloy clad. The US Mint began to strike coins with this combination after 1965.

Popular Quarter Dollars

Quarter Dollars have produced several designs in its lifetime, and although all of them are pursued aggressively by collectors, there are a few popular ones that are in even higher demand. Listed below are a few of the most popular coins in the series:

  • Standing Liberty Quarters

The design is exceptional, the Lady Liberty shown on this coin in a standing pose is a paragon of courage and femininity. The image depicts Lady Liberty looking eastward with her war shield facing the same direction, sending out a message of America's preparedness for war, while in her left hand she is holding an olive branch, depicting the desire for peace. Minted from 1916 to 1930, The US Mint replaced these Standing Liberty Quarters with Washington Quarters. The composition is 90% pure silver and 10% copper alloy. It is much sought after for its stunning design and high silver content.

  • Washington Quarters

Compared to the Standing Liberty design, which was extremely complicated and took a toll on the dies, it was a great relief for the US Mint to mint the Washington Quarters, as the design was much simpler. Released for the 200th birth anniversary of the first American president and one of the founding fathers of America, George Washington, in 1932. The coin's composition is 90% silver and 10% copper alloy. A much sought after coin even today, the US Mint stopped producing the Washington Quarters in 1964.

  • Rare Quarter Dollar

Some of the dates in this denomination coins that are rare and difficult to find are:

  • 1796.
  • 1804.
  • 1822 25 over 50.
  • 1827 Original.
  • 1827 Restrike.
  • 1842 Small Date.
  • 1866 No Motto.
  • 1871-CC.
  • 1873-CC No Arrows.
  • 1901-S.
  • 1916 Standing Liberty.

Impressive Shopping Options

Keeping in mind different client needs, we carry an array of Quarter Dollar options. There are certified coins for collectors and bags and rolls of coins of different face values for investors.  Our wide selection is made available to match budgets of all sizes.

Investing in Silver Quarter Dollars

Experienced investors acknowledge the opportunities of investing in junk silver quarters minted before 1965. Silver dollars coins, like the Kennedy Half Dollar, the silver quarter, and silver dimes, are all made of 90% silver. Investments in 90% silver quarters are considered an excellent choice for those who want to protect themselves against inflation. United States Silver Quarters were the last silver minted coins. Many of these high silver content coins have been melted into silver bars for ease of trade in precious metal markets.

This availability constraint makes silver quarters very attractive for investors and collectors. The silver quarter dollar is one of the most versatile investment options from Bullion Exchanges. Since silver prices have significantly increased over the years, the 90% junk silver quarters value is now more than ten times than their value in 1964. Silver Quarters are always a sensible investment.Browse the full selection available at Bullion Exchanges below.