1938 Quarter Value

The 1938 quarter value is $3.27 each, it's the starting value for a coin in "Good" condition.

1938 Quarter Value

Two mints produced Washington quarters in 1938. Philadelphia and the San Francisco mint. The more valuable of the two is the San Francisco coin, identified by the "S" mintmark on the reverse.

Other elements do contribute to raising the value higher, particularly the condition of your coin. After finding the "S" mintmark, determine the condition. The very nice "Uncirculated" Washington quarter pictured is a highly sought coin.

The older dates are commonly found very worn, see if yours is in a more collectible condition, by comparing it to the "Grading" images below. A just slightly better looking 1938 quarter is worth a premium.

1938 Quarter -S- Mintmark

The coin value chart breaks the prices down by date, mintmark and state of preservation.

1938 Quarter Value
 Condition of Coin
DateGoodFineExtremely
Fine
Uncirculated
  1938 Quarter Value Updated 10/16/2017
1938 $3.27 $3.27 $15 $67
1938 S $3.27 $3.27 $17 $84

The "1938-S" is a quarter minted by the San Francisco mint in 1938 and values are given in four different "Grades." A section on how to judge the condition, and grade your coin is found below.

Finding 1938 Quarter Value by Grade

From brand new "Uncirculated" condition to very worn, "Good" condition, is reflected in the examples. Line your Washington quarters in a row, judge their state of preservation and assign each a "Grade."

As you proceed, handle each coin carefully, keeping in mind, value is highest for "Uncirculated" coins.

1938 Quarter Uncirculated Condition

Uncirculated: A 1938 quarter in the "Uncirculated" grade has no wear on its surfaces. The appearance is as if freshly minted. Some develop natural toning over the years, and is considered very desirable. This combination of factors results in the most collectible and valuable coins.


Washington Quarter Extremely Fine Condition

Extremely Fine: Still sharply defined with abundant detail remaining. Examine the high points of the hair, curls above the ear, the cheek and neck line for minimum wear. The coin should standout from the rest as clearly detailed.


Washington Quarter Fine Condition

Fine: Most of the fine detail in the hair is lost, the area around the ear is smooth, but the major design elements are still bold. Overall a pleasing coin.


Washington Quarter Good Condition

Good: Here we are at the low end of the desirability scale. The lettering is now connected to the rim and only the major details of the portrait remain. The coin does not appear mistreated, just well worn.


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Outstanding Auction Price

How does a Washington quarter rise to a value over $400? It took an outstanding 1938-S quarter featuring a bold strike, silver white luster with attractive light toning, and barely noticeable marks.

Auctioned by DLRC Auctions it realized $402.50. A proud addition to any collection.

The sale was conducted through an online internet auction. Which points to an excellent way of viewing coins and gaining an understanding of your 1938 quarter value.