As an era of relative peace beset the United States, coin production remained relatively steady as well, with mintage for the 1948 Washington quarter rising, but not dramatically so, as compared to the previous year. A little more than 65 million Washington quarters rolled out of the three mint locations striking coins that year (Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco).
Here’s a look at the mintage figures and values for 1948 Washington quarters:
1948, 35,196,000 minted; $7
1948-D, 16,766,800; $8
1948-S, 15,960,000; $7
*Values are for coins in a grade of Extremely Fine.
Generally, 1948 quarters are quite common across most of the coin-grading spectrum, with prices pretty affordable up into the middle uncirculated grades. Expect to pay about $10 for a 1948 Philadelphia quarter in Mint State-63, and closer to $20 for either a Denver or San Francisco issue in the same grade.
As with any Washington quarters from the era, seek out flashy specimens with good strike, as there are plenty such premium pieces available if you look hard enough. Take your time and you can be rewarded with superior pieces that you will be proud to own and may help to bring you profitable returns down the road.