$3.97 is the minimum 1961 quarter value. It is the underlining silver price moving your old coin to this level.
There is a chance it is even higher. Let's check for mintmarks and most importantly the condition of your quarter. First the mintmarks.
Two different minting facilities, Philadelphia and Denver, produced Washington quarters in 1961. The "D" mintmark, indicating the specific mint, is found on the reverse. Both are relatively valued the same, in less than high gem quality condition.
Next are your coins in collectible condition? These two issues are avidly sought by collectors and premiums are paid by dealers, when found in "Uncirculated" condition. The picture to the right is an example of a top quality gem 1961 Washington quarter.
Images of the different stages of wear are found below, check if your 1961 quarter is worth a high price.
1961 Quarter Value
|Condition of Coin|
|Date||Good - G||Fine - F||Extremely Fine
|1961 Quarter Value Updated||7/21/2014|
The coin value chart defines prices by the date, the presence of a mintmark and the condition of your coin.
From brand new condition to very worn condition, is reflected in the examples. Line your quarters in a row, judge their state of preservation and assign each a "Grade."
As you proceed handle each coin carefully, keeping in mind, 1961 quarter value is highest for "Uncirculated" coins.
Uncirculated: Untouched since being minted and no wear on its surfaces, a quarter in this condition is avidly sought by collectors and dealers. Admittedly few survive this nice.
Extremely Fine: The lightest of wear and abrasion begins to show in the hair and curls over Washington's ear. Minute details have disappeared and mint luster is absent from the neck and cheek. This quarter is worn, but very lightly.
Fine: From the chin and extending up and through the hair the details have worn flat, also reaching into the curls above the ear. Coins in this grade give the impression of worn, but not overly so.
Good: All the major details show but very flattened by wear. The tops of the letters have begun to merge into the rim. In this grade, 1961 quarter value is their silver content.
A stunning 1961-D quarter sold for $184 at an internet auction by DLRC Auctions.
Bright silvery-blue surfaces with splashes of soft golden toning describes this gem quality Washington quarter. A particularly nice quarter free of any distracting marks and abrasions from contact with other coins.
Many quarters from the 1960's were put away at the time. Examine your old coin and determine if your 1961 quarter is worth a premium over silver value.
Selling your coins is always a challenge. However you have taken big steps towards understanding what is involved to accurately determine value of your 1961 quarter and getting your best deal.
From the denomination of the coin, to locating mintmarks, to examining and judging its condition and deciding a Grade. Also covered here are special varieties, and highlighted when they have an impact on the price of the coin.
This understanding of how to value old coins yourself helps greatly when dealing with any future buyers of your coins.
Look through your box of old coins, discover any treasure hiding inside. Research them, not only on this site, but others. Coin dealer listings and Rare Coin Auctions are full of descriptions pointing to what gives coins such high value. Now you can decide if and when to sell your coins.
True, the 1961 quarter value is tied closely to the price of silver. However, in the Washington quarters series a few rare dates and mint marks stand out, if found in high condition. Compare your coins to the grading images and separate then by condition. Check for rare dates on the value chart.
Including more relating to your 1961 quarter value. Easily find how much your old coins are worth.
From Bust Quarters to Seated Liberty, Barber, Standing Liberty and Washington quarters. All series include Grading Images to judge the condition of your coins and coin value charts.
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All old US coin values. It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Essential grading images alongside coin value charts uncover how much your box of old coins are worth.
Coin Images Courtesy
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