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United States Quarter Dollar Information

This page contains general and historical information about United States Quarters. The quarters that we have for sale are divided into 1916-1930 Standing Liberty Quarters, 1932-1964 Silver Washington Quarters, 1965-1998 Clad Washington Quarters and 1999-2009 Commemorative State Quarters You can click the links, select the sub-category or search to browse our products.

History of the United States Quarter

The United States Quarter is a unit of currency equal to 25/100 of a dollar.

Draped Bust (1796-1807)





Capped Bust (1815-1838)





Seated Liberty (1838-1891)





The obverse design of the Seated Liberty Quarter featured the figure of the goddess Liberty wearing a flowing dress and seated upon a rock. In her left hand, she held a pole surmounted by a liberty cap, her right hand rested on the top corner of a striped shield with a diagonal banner inscribed with the word "LIBERTY." The shield represented preparedness in the defense of freedom. The reverse features an eagle and is similar to the earlier Capped bust design.

Barber Quarter (1892-1916)





The obverse design of the Barber Quarter features a Liberty head with a cap and wreath. The word "LIBERTY" appeared on the headband. The Liberty head is flanked by six stars on the left and seven on the right, and the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" appears above it and the year appears below.

Standing Liberty Quarter (1916-1930)





The Standing Liberty Quarter was issued from 1916 to 1930 by the United States Mint. The coin was designed by Hermon Atkins MacNeil, who won a competition to redesign the coin. Type One (1916-1917) featured Liberty carrying an upraised shield in her left hand and an olive branch in her right hand and bare breast on the obverse and an American eagle in flight on the reverse. In 1917 the Type Two (1917-1930) was issued with several design changes, most notably covering Liberty's chest with chain mail and the addition of three stars on the reverse under the eagle.

Washington Quarter (1932-1998)





The obverse of the coin has a bust of George Washington. The coin was designed by John Flanagan. It reads "Liberty" on the top, and "In God We Trust" to the left of Washington's head.

State Quarters (1999-2009)

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The 50 State Quarters program is the release of a series of commemorative coins by the United States Mint. Between 1999 and 2008, it featured each of the 50 individual U.S. states on unique designs for the reverse of the quarter and, 2009 will feature the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands. (US Mint images)