• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 02/21/03
  • Description
  • A left-facing profile with LIBERTY overhead, IN GOD WE TRUST in tiny letters in front of Washington 19s image, and the date below. The Mint mark, D for Denver, appears on the right. A competition was held to choose the designer of a quarter commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of George Washington 1732. The image was to be based on a bust by Houdon that was sculpted from a life-mask of Washington. The unanimous choice of the Commission ... more
    A left-facing profile with LIBERTY overhead, IN GOD WE TRUST in tiny letters in front of Washington 19s image, and the date below. The Mint mark, D for Denver, appears on the right. A competition was held to choose the designer of a quarter commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of George Washington 1732. The image was to be based on a bust by Houdon that was sculpted from a life-mask of Washington. The unanimous choice of the Commission of Fine Arts was Laura Gardin Fraser, who had designed models for several commemorative coins. However, the choice of the commission was overruled by the Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew Mellon, and the award went to John Flanagan. Over time there have been several changes in the design, especially in reworking IN GOD WE TRUST, which was difficult to read. This coin was intended to be issued only for one year, but it proved very popular and is still in circulation. It replaced the Standing Liberty quarter. Today the U.S. Mint issues over one billion Washington quarters each year. Coins from the first year of issue are somewhat rare. An uncirculated 1932 quarter from the Denver Mint can sell for over $200. Source: http://www.freewebz.com/workingman/History/QuarWashH.htm and Taxay, Don. New York: Arco Publishing Company, 1966. History of Money. 15 Economics; 16 History. less
  • Format
  • IHA00259.jpg