The Washington Quarter is a popular collector’s item due to its historical significance and unique metal composition. Thanks to there being a plethora of these coins still around and available for purchase, collectors have the luxury of demanding that only the finest pieces be added to their collections.
As time moves forward, however, the number of well-preserved pieces is only going to diminish, so it is important that you get your hands on these coins while you still can.
For coins, the condition a coin is in means everything to collectors. Almost always, a collector desires to add the most pristine pieces to their collections and will settle for nothing less than the best. In order to acquire these coins, collectors are forced to pay very close attention to every aspect of a specific piece before making a purchase.
Normally, people who would like to know more about the condition a coin is in will send the piece away for grading. Understanding that not everyone has the money to do this, we have provided below an outline of the different major coin grades as well as their characteristics.
Uncirculated: This is the best grade a coin can receive and is the grade every collectors wants to see. These coins were never circulated, which means that they will show absolutely no signs of wear and tear. The surfaces will have been kept pristine, and the coin overall will look as though it was just minted.
Extremely Fine: A coin that receives an Extremely Fine grade is one that spent only a limited amount of time being circulated. Some surface wear will be seen on these coins, but for the most part you will notice that the surfaces have been well-preserved. Though home to some wear, these coins are still great additions to any and all collections.
Fine: If a coin is given a Fine grade, this means that the piece was circulated quite a bit but not so heavily damaged. You will notice consistent surface scratching and maybe even a chip or two, but for the most part these coins will be in fine condition.
Good: Good is the worst grade a coin can receive, and if it is given this grade you can expect to see many signs of damage and wear. From the complete and total smoothing of a coin’s surface, to the actual bending of the piece, these coins will show innumerable signs of significant wear.
If you want to determine a price for the Washington Quarter in your collection, there are a few factors you must first take into consideration. For one, there were multiple types of this coin minted every year, which means the exact type you possess will play into the asking price. Secondly, collectors care so much about condition that even the smallest imperfections may detract from the coin’s value. Below exists a chart aimed at giving you a better idea of what you can expect to pay for a Washington Quarter given its condition and type.
1955 Washington Quarter
|1955 Washington Quarter
|1955 Washington Quarter (D)
|Source: Red Book