Why Are There No 1975 Quarters?
As a new coin collector, you might be surprised how difficult it is to find a 1975 quarter. You have searched far and wide. You went to antique shops, the Internet, and pocket changes. Yet, you still can’t find any 1975 quarters.
Then, someone told you, “You can’t find 1975 quarters no matter how hard you try.”
Now, you might be asking, “Why?”
The 1975 quarters don’t exist because they weren’t produced by the United States Mint. Instead, the producers strike the Washington quarter with a dual date of 1776-1976.
The production of the 1776-1976 quarter coins started in July 1975. So, you might wonder, if they started in the middle of 1975 to produce commemorative coins, why didn’t they simply create 1975 quarter coins during the first half of the year?
That’s a good question that needs to be answered.
A quarter coin with a specific date would normally be struck for the whole year. So, from January to December, the US Mint produces the same quarter coin with the same inscribed date. This is done to make sure that there is plenty of the same coin that goes into circulation.
Now, what do you think would happen if a 1975 quarter coin is only produced for six months? This would lead to the 1975 quarter coin being rarer than other coins because its production period is only half a year.
As a result, the US Mint and other people have a legitimate concern that there will be perceived scarcity of the 1975 quarter coins, and many collectors would hoard this coin and eventually remove the entire 1975 quarter coins out of circulation.
Back in 1975, there was also a problem with the decreasing number of quarter coins. So, hoarding of the 1975 coins would worsen the problem.
The US Mint officials then ask Congress to amend the law and allow them to continue producing 1974 coins up until the Bicentennial coin production would commence in July 1975.
What Coins Were Minted In 1975?
Going back in time, the United States declared independence on July 4, 1776. The year 1976 would mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
photo source: USA Coin Book
In 1973, Congress already approved the production of the United States Bicentennial coins. The approval gave way to the U.S. Mint to create coins that have the year 1776-1976. Thus, you will find not just quarters, but also half dollars and dollar coins with two dates.
There are different varieties of the 1776-1976 quarter coin based on their mint marks. These are the following:
- 1776-1976 quarter with no mint mark
- 1776-1976 D quarter
- 1776-1976 S proof quarter
- 1776-1976 S silver quarter
- 1776-1976 S silver proof quarter
There were almost 1.7 billion commemorative 1776-1976 quarter coins produced. Here’s a breakdown based on where they are minted:
|Coin Series||Location||Quantity produced|
|1776-1976 S Silver||San Francisco||11,000,000|
|1776-1976 S Proof||San Francisco||7,059,099|
|1776-1976 S Silver Proof||San Francisco||4,000,000|
Here’s a quick look at the specifications of the commemorative 1776-1976 quarter coin:
- Type: commemorative coin
- Year: 1976
- Face value: $0.25
- Composition: Copper and nickel
- Diameter: 24.3 mm
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Shape: Round
- Edge: Reeded (119 reeds)
The obverse side of the commemorative quarter coin features the portrait of George Washington, which is facing to the left side. Here are the inscriptions you’ll find:
- Liberty (top)
- IN GOD WE TRUST (left side)
- 1776-1976 (bottom)
- JF (the initials of John Flanagan, who designed the portrait of Washington)
- Mint Mark
On the reverse side, you’ll find the Colonial patriot drummer, which is also facing left. There’s also the torch that represents victory. Around the torch include the thirteen stars with the US motto, “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
You’ll also find the “UNITED STATES of AMERICA” arched atop the coin. The “QUARTER DOLLAR” is also inscribed below. You’ll also see the JLA initials, which means Jack L. Ahr, the engraver of the reverse side.
How Much Are 1776-1976 Quarters Worth Today?
The value of the 1776-1976 Quarters is $0.25. If you’re planning to sell a common 1776-1976 Quarters, you might just be able to sell them at their face value.
Moreover, there are those coins that can sell more but only slightly. For example, a 1776-1976 quarter with no mint mark and wasn’t part of the circulation could earn you $1.25. MS 63 grade 1776-1976 quarters can have the same price. If your coin is MS 65 grade, then you may be able to sell it at around $6.
Nevertheless, you might be happy to know that silver-clad quarters are more valuable than their copper-nickel counterparts. Since silver is more valuable than copper or nickel, then you are looking at a more expensive coin.
Just to give you an example, the S silver quarter can be sold at $7 if it is MS 65 grade. MS 63 graded silver quarter coins can be sold for around $5.
How Does The Grading System Work?
The coin grading system can help you determine the value of your bicentennial coin.
For example, an MS 63 grade means that your coin is uncirculated. It has blemishes and/or contact marks but they are not prominent. The luster may not be too attractive, but still beautiful enough to make the coin look good.
MS 65 gem is for uncirculated coins with a better luster. It appeals to the eyes and looks more preserved. It may have some contact marks, but they should not be noticeable.
PR 65 proof gives a coin a better grade because it has no flaws.
Is a 1975 Canadian quarter made of silver?
No, the 1975 Canadian quarter isn’t made of silver. It is 99.9% nickel. Any quarter made from 1968 onwards is made of nickel or other metals. The Canadian Mint stopped producing silver quarter coins in 1968.
How many Bicentennial quarters were made?
There were 1,691,961,954 bicentennial quarters made through Denver, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.
How rare is a 1975 quarter?
The 1975 quarter is not just rare, but they don’t exist. Due to the commemoration of the 200th Independence Day, 1975 quarters were not created. Instead, for the first half of the year 1975, 1974 quarter coins were made. The US Mint then produced the commemorative 1776-1976 quarter coins.