Quarter (United States coin)

Quarter dollar
United States
Value0.25 U.S. Dollar
Mass6.25(Ag); 5.67 (Cu-Ni) g
Diameter24.26 mm (0.955 in)
Thickness1.75 mm (0.069 in)
Edge119 reeds
Composition(1932-1964) 90% Ag 10% Cu; (1965-present) 91.67% Cu
8.33% Ni
Years of minting1796, 1804–1807, 1815–1828, 1831–1930, 1932, 1934-present.
Obverse
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DesignGeorge Washington
DesignerJohn Flanagan (1932 version) from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design)
Design date2010
Reverse
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Designvarious; at least five designs per year since 1999 (latest shown)
Designervarious
Design date1999–present

The quarter, short for quarter dollar, is a United States coin worth 25 cents, one-quarter of a dollar. It has a diameter of .955 inch (24.26 mm) and a thickness of .069 inch (1.75 mm). The coin sports the profile of George Washington on its obverse, and its reverse design has changed frequently. It has been produced on and off since 1796 and consistently since 1831.[1]

The choice of a quarter-dollar as a denomination—as opposed to the ​15 more common elsewhere—originated with the practice of dividing Spanish milled dollars into eight wedge-shaped segments, which gave rise to the name "piece of eight" for that coin.[2] "Two bits" (that is, two eighths of a piece of eight) is a common nickname for a quarter.

  1. ^ "Quarter dollars" Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. coinfacts.com. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  2. ^ "History of the Quarter - ModernCoinMart". ModernCoinMart (MCM). Retrieved 2019-07-18.