Bicentennial Washington Quarters

This is ninth and final page of our Washington Quarter study, reporting on the Bicentennial Quarters of 1975-76. The previous eight pages contain historical price trends for the 90% silver Washington Quarters of 1932-64.

Bicentennial Quarters were minted in 1975 and 1976. Based on the design only, it is not possible to distinguish between a Bicentennial Quarter issued in 1975 or 1976, because the same design was used during both those years.

The obverse (i.e. front side) of the Bicentennial Quarter was almost identical to the quarters of 1932-74, the only difference being the presence of the dual date of 1776-1976. The reverse design, created by Jack L. Ahr in a government sponsored contest, features a Colonial drummer and a victory torch encircled by 13 stars. Nearly 1.7 billion general circulation Bicentennial Quarters were struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, combined. About 7 million proof quarters composed of a the "clad" alloy (i.e. the normal copper-nickel composition) coined at the San Francisco Mint were sold to collectors. The San Francisco Mint also produced a special 40% silver Bicentennial Quarter for collectors in both Uncirculated (approx. 11 million mintage) and Proof (approx. 4 million mintage).

Many people erroneously believe Bicentennial Quarters are valuable. The main reason we included them in this study was to dispel this notion. When the quarters first came out, millions of collectors and non-collectors alike, awash in the Bicentennial celebration, set aside multiple examples as keepsakes, never to see the inside of a cash register (**SIDE NOTE** This suited the Mint planners just fine, because the government makes a profit for every coin released to the public through a process called seigniorage. The Mint correctly anticipated a large demand from souvenir seekers, eventually producing an astounding 1.7 billion of the Bicentennial Quarters). How can anything saved in such large quantities become rare and valuable? Of course, specimens grading near perfection are scarce and warrant attention, but the great vast majority of the existing Bicentennial Quarter supply are quite mundane and common.

Of course, we are not trying to discourage anyone from collecting Bicentennial Quarters. We just don't want anyone to get the false impression that these coins are a good choice for investment potential. Always remember, coins should be considered a hobby first and investment second. Bicentennial Quarters are beautifully designed with an inspirational theme, plus they remind many of us of our youth in a simpler time. Heck, why don't you jump over to eBay and check out the selection of Bicentennial Quarters? There are a lot of them for sale at very affordable prices.

US Coin Values Advisor specialized in historic value trend reports for collectible United States coins. All online information is free and available 24/7 for viewing.

WASHINGTON QUARTERS
Click below to skip to Coin Value Table for date selected
1932-1934 1935-1938 1939-1942 1943-1945
1946-1949 1950-1952 1953-1957 1958-1964
1976 1976-D 1976-S (PF Only) 1976-S 40% Silver




1976
Washington Quarters
Mintage: 809,784,016 Historical Value Trends
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1955 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1960 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1965 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1970 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1975 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.50 --- ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.50 --- ---
1985 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.60 --- ---
1990 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.65 --- 1.00 --- ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.75 --- 1.00 --- ---
2000 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.75 --- 1.00 --- ---
2003 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.75 2.00 10.00 25.00 35.00
2005 --- --- --- --- --- 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 35.00
2007 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 35.00
2009 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 35.00
2011 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 35.00
2013 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 40.00
2015 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 40.00
2017 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 2.00 10.00 25.00 50.00
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.43 --- ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- 2.90 1.32 --- 11.03 --- ---
2009 --- 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.56

Back to Washington Quarter Links



1976-D
Washington Quarters
Mintage: 860,118,839 Historical Value Trends
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1955 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1960 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1965 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1970 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1975 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.50 --- ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.50 --- ---
1985 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.60 --- ---
1990 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.65 --- 1.00 --- ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.75 --- 1.00 --- ---
2000 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.75 --- 1.00 --- ---
2003 --- --- --- --- --- 0.40 0.75 3.50 12.50 30.00 165
2005 --- --- --- --- --- 0.75 1.00 3.50 12.50 30.00 165
2007 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.50 12.50 30.00 125
2009 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.50 12.50 30.00 125
2011 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.50 13.00 30.00 125
2013 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.50 13.00 32.75 100
2015 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.50 13.00 32.75 100
2017 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.50 13.00 32.75 100
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 9.20 --- ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- 2.90 1.32 --- 12.37 --- ---
2009 --- 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.49 1.10 -2.75

Back to Washington Quarter Links



1976-S Proof Only Washington Quarters
Mintage: 7,059,099 Historical Value Trends
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67 PF-65 PF-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1955 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1960 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1965 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1970 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1975 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1.35 ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1.25 ---
1985 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.65 ---
1990 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.75 ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1.00 ---
2000 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.75 ---
2003 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2005 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2007 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2009 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2011 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2013 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2015 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
2017 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8.00 12.50
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67 PF-65 PF-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 5.15 ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 9.91 ---
2009 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 0.00 0.00

Back to Washington Quarter Links



1976-S 40% Silver Washington Quarters
Mintage: 15,000,000 Historical Value Trends
#VALUE! #VALUE! #VALUE! #VALUE!
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67 PF-65 PF-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1955 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1960 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1965 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1970 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1975 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3.00 ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3.00 --- --- 4.00 ---
1985 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3.25 --- --- 4.00 ---
1990 --- --- --- --- --- 1.25 1.75 --- 2.25 --- --- 3.00 ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- 1.50 2.50 --- 3.50 --- --- 2.00 ---
2000 --- --- --- --- --- 1.50 2.50 --- 3.75 --- --- 2.00 ---
2003 --- --- --- --- --- 1.50 2.50 --- 3.75 --- --- 10.00 15.00
2005 --- --- --- --- --- 1.50 2.50 --- 3.75 --- --- 10.00 15.00
2007 --- 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.00 3.00 12.50 20.00 50.00 10.00 15.00
2009 --- 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.75 1.75 2.00 3.50 12.50 20.00 50.00 10.00 15.00
20111.50 1.50 1.50 1.75 1.75 2.00 3.50 12.50 20.00 50.00 10.00 15.00
20133.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 4.00 5.00 7.00 12.50 20.00 45.00 10.00 15.00
20153.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 4.00 5.00 7.00 12.50 20.00 45.00 10.00 15.00
20172.50 3.00 3.50 4.00 4.50 5.00 7.00 9.60 20.00 40.00 10.00 15.00
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 AU-58 MS-60 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67 PF-65 PF-67
1950 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
1980 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3.19 --- --- 2.51 ---
1995 --- --- --- --- --- 5.12 3.20 --- 4.69 --- --- 7.59 ---
2009 --- 6.59 9.05 11.17 10.89 12.53 12.14 9.05 -3.25 0.00 -2.75 0.00 0.00

Get Historic US Coin Values