1996 Washington Quarter Value Guide

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The 1996 quarter is made of 25% nickel and 75% copper. Its core is made of pure nickel while it is clad with nickel. 

The diameter of the 1996 quarter is 24.30 millimeters and the weight is 5.67 grams. The same composition and specifications have been used from 1965 until now.

Before 1965, most US coins were made of 90% silver. These coins include the dime, half dollar, and of course, the quarter dollar.

Because of the rising price of silver,there came a time when silver became more expensive.More and more people are hoarding silver coins to earn from them.

Through the Coinage Act of 1965,the silver quarter became the cupro-nickel quarter.Although,there are still a few quarters made with silver quarters made for collectors rather than the public.

In terms of design, the 1996 Washington Quarter followed the same design used when the Washington Quarter was first produced. The obverse features Washington facing to the left.

On the reverse, you’ll find the eagle that represents strength, the bundle of arrows that represent the readiness of the United States to defend itself

The olive branch that represents peace. Inscriptions include QUARTER DOLLAR, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The beginning of the Washington Quarter is quite interesting.As early as 1924,a Bicentennial Commission was established to plan how to celebrate Washington’s momentous 200th birth anniversary. 

In 1930, a new Bicentennial Commission was created.The Commission suggested using the half-dollar and adding Washington’s image to it.The quarter coin was considered instead in a twist of fate.

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