The dawn of the 1960s would yield little clue of the vast transformations that would occur only a few short years later, with the elimination of the 90 percent silver composition in circulating coinage and the introduction of cupro-nickel clad coinage. Most coin collectors were still blissfully focused on assembling date-and-mintmark sets of Washington quarters and other contemporary series. Coin collectors could still find the occasional, well-worn Standing Liberty quarter in circulation. Some were also still picking scarce, early Washington quarters from pocket change, including the 1932-D and 1932-S quarters, as well as other mintmarked quarters from the 1930s. Meanwhile, there was little to write home about regarding 1960 Washington quarters, which represented an addition of more than 90 million pieces to the series.
What follows is a breakdown of mintages and values for 1960 Washington quarters:
1960, 29,164,000 minted; $7
1960 proof, 1,691,602; $11
1960-D, 63,000,324; $7
*Values are for coins in Extremely Fine-40 grade, unless otherwise noted.
If any coin collectors are to find a challenge in collecting 1960 quarters, it may be in the acquisition of high-end uncirculated business-strike quarters and cameo proofs, both of which are difficult to find for quarters from that year. Premium-quality 1960 Washington quarters may be difficult to track down, but make beautiful additions to any Washington quarter collection and are sought-after by many numismatists.