How Much is a 1957 Silver Quater Worth? (Price Chart)

The Washington quarter era began back in 1932 and has continued to this day. Coins minted in the period before 1965 contained 90% silver, making them one of the last coins with that composition. Therefore, they are still fascinating to collectors.

Two mints produced the Washington silver quarter in 1957, and many of these coins are still in circulation. As you can expect, the 1957 Quarter value typically depends on each piece condition and the current silver price on the stock exchange.

1957 Washington Silver Quarter History

The Washington quarter was minted for the first time in 1932 as the first commemorative coin from the US Mint. The idea was to mark the 200th birth anniversary of former President George Washington with this design.

Although America was in the midst of an economic crisis known as the Great Depression, Congress decided to mark such an important day for all Americans with this coin.

1957 Quarter

Location Year Minted
Philadelphia 1957 46,532,000
Philadelphia 1957 proof 1,247,952
Denver 1957 D 77,924,160
Total / 125,704,112

The fact was that the first solution was to make this Quarter a one-year commemorative coin, but production continued with unchanged design until 1998. That year, the US Mint began a new, slightly modified Washington quarter series. To date, this design has changed several times.

Apart from the design, the Quarter composition has also changed. Therefore, you can find two Quarter’s composition types, silver and clad.

By 1965, this coin contained silver and copper. Then, the quarter composition was changed, and coins were minted of copper and nickel.

1957 Quarter

Face value 25 cents ($0.25)
Coin diameter 0.95669 inches (24.3 mm)
Coin thickness 0.06889 inches (1.75 mm)
Compound 90% silver and 10% copper
Coin weight 0.20094 ounces (6.25 g)
Coin silver weight 0.18084 troy ounces (5.62 g)
Shape Round
Edge Reeded

The US Mint main engraver John Flanagan designed this coin in 1932 with a George Washington portrait on the obverse. The word LIBERTY extends along the upper rim, above the Washington portrait.

You can see the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST under the former President’s chin while the date is struck on the Quarter’s lower rim. 

1957 Quarter value*

Quality 1957 1957 D
Good $6 $6
Very good $6 $6
Fine $6 $6
Very fine $6 $6
Extra fine $6 $6
AU $6.9 $6.9
MS 60 $8.1 $8.1
MS 65 $32 $29
PR 65 $15 /

*by USA Coin book 

Flanagan’s reverse design depicts a bald eagle with outstretched wings. It holds an arrows bundle in its claws, and below it are two olive twigs that extend towards the coin sides.

Above the eagle’s head is the Latin saying E PLURIBUS UNUM, while the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is on the upper rim. Finally, the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR extends along the coin’s lower rim.

 

1957 Washington Silver Quarter Type

Two mints, Philadelphia and Denver, produced Washington silver quarters in 1957. Nearly 126 million Quarters minted in 1957 make this coin very available on the coin market today.

1957 Washington silver quarter

1957 Washington silver quarter
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The Philadelphia mint struck 46,532,000 Washington silver quarters in 1957. You can quickly recognize this coin because it doesn’t have the mint mark, like no other coin from this mint in those times.

1957 Quarter value*

Quality 1957 1957 D
Good $8.1 $8.1
Very good $8.3 $8.3
Fine $8.55 $8.55
Very fine $8.8 $8.8
Extra fine $9.05 $9.05
Uncirculated $9.5 $9.5
Brilliant uncirculated $20.9 $20.9

*by Hobbizine

Since this Quarter is available in significant quantities on the current coin market, its value is not high. You can get one in good condition for as little as $3.25, but you need to spend more money for a coin with an MS 68 rating, about $2,750.

1957 proof Washington silver quarter 

1957 proof Washington silver quarter 
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The Philadelphia mint minted 1,247,952 proof coins this year, and that was the first time that the proofs’ mintage exceeded one million specimens. Some collectors believe that is a confirmation of the increased interest in collecting coins.

1957 proof Quarter value*

Quality 1957 proof 1957 proof CAM 1957 proof DCAM
PR 60 $5.8 / /
PR 61 $5.8 / /
PR 62 $6.5 / /
PR 63 $7.2 / /
PR 64 $8.5 / /
PR 65 $13.5 / /
PR 66 $23 $27 $128
PR 67 $27 $54 $228
PR 68 $44.5 $94 $650
PR 69 $122 $390 $3,750

*by Greysheet

It is common for proof coins to have far more significant value than other coins of the same year. However, for the 1957 proof Quarter, this is not the case, probably due to the high coin number minted that year.

1957 D Washington silver quarter

1957 D Washington silver quarter

In 1957, the Denver mint produced the Washington quarter in higher mintage than Philadelphia. Precisely 77,924,160 pieces came from this mint, but you shouldn’t expect all of them to be inexpensive due to this fact. 

1957 Quarter value*

Quality 1957 1957 D
Good $3.8 /
Very good $3.8 $3.7
Fine $3.8 $3.7
Very fine $3.8 $3.7
Extra fine $3.9 $4.2
AU $5.1 $5
UNC $7 $7.2

*by Numista

The price of each specimen will depend on its quality and preservation level, so most coins in good condition can be yours for as little as $3.25. On the other hand, a quarter with an MS 68 rating can cost you up to $12,000.

 

1957 Washington Silver Quarter Rarities and Key Dates

Among the 1957 Washington silver quarters, no coins with a key date or an error stand out from the standard coins.

1957 quarter value*

Coin Quality
Good Fine Extra fine Uncirculated
1957 $3.25 to $3.5 $3.25 to $3.5 $3.5 to $3.75 $5+
1957 D $3.25 to $3.5 $3.25 to $3.5 $3.5 to $3.75 $5+

*by Coinflation

 

Market analysis

The Washington silver quarter minted between 1932 and 1964 contained 90% silver. Coins that were in circulation for a long time and are now in poor condition are usually only worth the silver they contain.

1957 Quarter value*

Year Extra fine quality Uncirculated
1957 $7 $8
1957 D $7 $8

*by JM Bullion

Although you can find valuable pieces in the series, the 1957 Washington silver quarter is not among them. However, it will always be worth something because of the silver content, making it a promising investment.

 

1957 Washington Silver Quarter Grading

1957 Washington Silver Quarter Grading

The most important thing for every collector is to assess the coin’s condition. It is undoubtedly best to leave such work to professional companies. However, you can determine the coin state yourself using existing guidelines if you can’t hire experts.

1957 Quarter value*

Quality 1957 1957 D
Very good $4 $4
Very fine $6 $6
Extra fine $6 $6
AU 50 $6 to $10 $6 to $8
MS 63 $15 $10
MS 65 $20 $30
PR 64 $10 /
PR 68 $15 /

*by CoinHelpU

Uncirculated – That is the highest rating any coin can receive. The Quarter graded this way wasn’t spent a single moment in circulation, and there are no signs of wear and tear on it. The original luster is still present on the quarter surface, so this coin is a favorite option for collectors.

1957 Quarter value*

Year Quality
Good Fine Extra fine Uncirculated
1957 $4 $4 $4 $5
1957 D $4 $4 $4 $5

*by CoinStudy

Extra fine – The Quarter with this rating spent a short time in circulation, so you can notice only minimal signs of wear while looking at it closely. The design is still sharply defined, especially on Washington’s hair, the curls above his ear, and the cheek line. As you can expect, such a coin is very collectible.

Fine – The assessment shows that this Quarter was in circulation for some time but without significant damage. However, you can notice scratches and signs of wear on its surface.

Only the main details are visible, while the former President’s hair is no longer clearly defined. On the other hand, the mintage date and the letters are legible.

1957 Quarter value*

Quality 1957 1957 D
Good $5.9 $5.9
Very good $5.9 $5.9
Fine $5.9 $5.9
Very fine $5.9 $5.9
Extra fine $5.9 $5.9
AU $5.9 $5.9
MS 60 $6 $6
MS 61 $6 $6
MS 62 $6 $6
MS 63 $6.2 to $7.5 $6.2 to $7.5
MS 64 $7.5 to $10.2 $16.2 to $19.4
MS 65 $16.2 to $20.2 $28.3 to $40.5
MS 66 $33.7 to $40.5 $47.2 to $61
MS 67 $88 to $108 $130 to $156
MS 68 $2,000 to $2,750 $10,000 to $12,000

*by Greysheet

Good – The Quarter with a good rating suffered significant damage during the time spent in circulation. You can see numerous scratches on its surface, and minor bending is also possible.

The design details are still visible, although they are pretty flattened. Such a coin is in poor condition but affordable, making it an excellent option for collectors on the budget.

 

Summary

The 1957 Washington silver quarter value depends on several factors, including its condition, the mint mark, and the current silver price on the precious metal market. As you can expect, most collectors prefer choosing uncirculated pieces for their collections.

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