Because of the practice of cutting up the Mexican 8 Reales coin into eight parts (thus the "Pieces of Eight" name), the U.S. quarter is 1/4 of a dollar, became known as "two bits." As a silver coin of substantial size until 1964, the quarter has always been popular - both in circulation and among collectors. Several designs have been used since 1796, and many collectors try to assemble at least one coin of each type.
Articles on Quarters
Draped Bust (1796 - 1807)
Capped Bust (1815 - 1838)
The succeeding style of the quarter was the Capped Bust. Still in the "Bust" group, as many coins were, but now this coin was the capped bust. The designer of the Capped Bust quarter was John Reich. These quarters can range from $30 and up if you are looking to purchase one. The first capped Bust was minted from 1815 - 1828 and were large diameter. The second style Capped Bust was from 1831 - 1838 which was the small diameter type.
Liberty Seated (1838 - 1891)
Barber (1892 - 1916)
Standing Liberty (1916 - 1930)
The Standing Liberty Quarters are a very fun set to collect. The rare coins are surprising pretty affordable (compared to the 1909-S VDB penny). There were 3 types of Standing Liberty Quarters. The quarter weighed 6.25 grams and contained 90% silver and 10% copper.
* Type 1: 1916 - 1917 featured an image of Liberty with one of her breasts exposed as well as no stars at the bottom of the reverse.
*Type 2 (or Type 2a): 1917 - 1924 featured a chain mail vest that covered Liberty's formerly bare breast, it also contained 3 stars at the bottom of the reverse.
*Type 3 (or Type 2b): 1925 - 1930 featured a modification to make sure the date did not wear down as easily as 1916 - 1924.
In circulation the coin's date wore away quickly, and mint engravers modified the design in 1925 to address the issue. The Standing Liberty quarter was discontinued in 1931, a year in which no quarters were struck. In 1932 the Washington Quarter, featuring the first president's profile, was introduced to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth!
Washington (1932 - 1998)
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