In 1932 a new design of the quarter was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The new design was so well received that the obverse image has been used almost unchanged ever since. The Washington quarter was originally struck in 90% silver unlike the quarters in circulation today. These proof Washington quarters were struck in 1964 and represent the last year of the original composition.
The Buffalo Nickel is a favorite of American coinage. It was minted at three mints throughout the series, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Denver. During the last year of issue, 1938, the buffalo nickel was only minted in Denver. This brilliant uncirculated 1938-D buffalo nickel is a shining example of the end of a beloved series.
These 1992 90% silver commemorative dollars were released in honor of the XXV Olympiad. The coin features a baseball pitcher that was designed by John R. Deecken. Although Deecken never outright stated the inspiration for the image, it is often said that the image was modeled after the photo on Nolan Ryan’s baseball card. These brilliant uncirculated strikes were minted at the Denver mint.
During World War II the countries reserves of nickel were needed for the war effort so the Jefferson Nickel was struck in silver and to identify this special strike the nickel features a large mint mark above the Monticello on the reverse! These 35% silver nickels were only struck from 1942 – 1945.