The 1932 Washington quarter is a type of US quarter which has been minted first in 1932 and still remains one of the most popular US coins of all time. Struck in .900 fine silver, the Washington Quarter was originally intended to only be a one year issue, however, it was minted in different version for many years after. The original design was issued to commemorate George Washington’s 200th birthday.
Design of the Coin
The obverse of this coin sows George Washington facing left in profile and was designed by sculptor John Flanagan and his initials can be found at the base of George Washington’s neck along with the date of minting, in this case, 1932. Both the phrases, ‘Liberty’ and ‘In God We Trust’, can be found at the top and to the left of Washington’s head respectively.
The reverse of the coin was also designed by sculptor John Flanagan and features a bald eagle. On this edition of the coin, the mintmark appears below the eagle’s talons. This side of the coin bears the motto ‘E Pluribus Unum’, which translates to ‘one out of many’ and also appears on the great seal of the United States.
The honour of the original design was given to Laura Gardin Fraser who had designed the Oregon Trail commemorative coin. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon was unimpressed with the design which Ms Fraser had created and therefore decided there would be a second contest in which would decide the final design of the coin. Fraser again won. This was again ignored and the assignment was consequently handed to John Flanagan.