In the 20th century we have had a change in our coins from decorating them with symbols to decorating them with portraits of some of our most-loved leaders, people like Thomas Jefferson and John F Kennedy and, on this series of quarter dollars, George Washington. It was first issued in 1932 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Washington and was designed by John Flanagan of New York. It has been issued in two metals; silver was used from 1932 to 1964 (when the price of silver started to match the face value of the coin) and since 1965 in a clad composition.
Good reference works for those more interested in this type of coin are The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins by Walter Breen and The Washington Quarter Dollar Book by James Wiles.
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