After a Great Depression-induced hiatus in 1933, Washington Quarters were again minted in 1934, much to the pleasure of a lauding public, which loved the coin. Unlike the case in 1932, when a tad more than 6 million Washington quarters were minted across all three then-operating United States Mint locations (Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco), tens of millions were struck in 1934. However, only Philadelphia and Denver minted quarters that year.
Here’s a look at the 1934 Washington quarters, their mintages, and their values:
1934, 31,912,052 minted;
1934 light motto; $8
1934 heavy motto; $8
1934 doubled die; $80
1934-D, 3,527,200; $10
*Values are for coins in Very Good-8 grade.
1934 Philadelphia quarters were widely saved in uncirculated grades. For that reason, it’s possible to purchase one (with the exception of the exceedingly scarce doubled-die coin) for under $50 in MS-60. The Denver issue, on the other hand, is far scarcer and therefore costs closer to $250-300 in MS-60.
Be sure to buy clean (not cleaned) specimens with no nicks, scrapes, gouges, or bruises, and be mindful of the coin’s strike. 1934 Washington quarters with a sharp design and great detail are the most highly sought after by both coin collectors and investors and could yield profitable returns should the time come that you wish to sell your 1934 quarters.