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The 1985 Washington quarter is worth looking for! No, really…
Some 1985 U.S. quarters have sold for more than $1,500!
So how can you tell a rare and valuable 1985 quarter apart from one that is only worth face value?
Below, you will find out exactly what details to look for on your 1985 quarters…
Interesting Facts About 1985 Quarters
Did you know the first Washington quarters were released in 1932?
They were designed by John Flanagan, and they carry the same depiction of George Washington on the obverse (“heads side”) and heraldic eagle on the reverse (“tails side”) as seen today on the 1985 quarters.
Are There Any 1985 Silver Quarters?
Many people ask about the 1985 silver quarter value — but, unfortunately, there are no known 1985 silver quarters in existence.
All 1985 quarters were made from copper-nickel clad. At this time, there is no 1985 silver quarter error coin worth looking for.
How Much Does A 1985 Quarter Weigh?
Since all 1985 Washington quarters are made from copper-nickel clad, they will weigh the same as the standard weight for clad quarters.
A standard 1985 quarter weighs 5.67 grams — with tolerances of .227 grams more or less.
NOTE: Worn 1985 quarters can weigh even less due to loss of metal through circulation wear.
If you don’t have a coin scale, these are the best scales for weighing U.S. coins. (Another helpful tool for inspecting your coins more closely is a coin magnifier.)
Where Is The Mintmark On A 1985 Quarter?
All 1985 quarters were struck with mint letter stamps, or mintmarks. (Yes, even 1985 quarters from the Philadelphia Mint, which historically did not place mintmarks on its coins, have a mintmark.)
Here are the mintmarks you will find on 1985 U.S. quarters:
- “P” mintmark – indicates the coin was made at the Philadelphia Mint
- “D” mintmark – signifies the coin was struck at the Denver Mint
- “S” mintmark – means the coin was made at the San Francisco Mint
So, where will you find one of these 3 mintmarks on your 1985 quarter?
You will find it on the right side of the obverse — directly behind (to the right of) the bow in Washington’s ponytail.
If you happen to find a 1985 quarter with no mintmark or a weird-looking mintmark or different mint letter stamp, it should be closely evaluated for signs of post-mint damage. This is because there are no known errors involving 1985 no mint letter stamp or other mintmarks.
Are 1985 Quarters Rare?
So, get this… The U.S. Mint struck nearly 1.3 billion quarters in 1985. It doesn’t take a math major to know that’s a lot of quarters.
You also don’t need to be a seasoned coin collector to realize that, with 1.3 billion examples struck, the 1985 quarter is not rare. Well, at least not in the absolute sense of the term.
Some 1985 quarters are rare and valuable — either because of their condition or because they contain a scarce error or variety. (We will talk more about those 1985 quarters at the end of this article.)
How Much Is A 1985 Quarter Worth?
Now, let’s see which 1985 quarters are worth more than face value…
1985-P Quarter Value
The Philadelphia Mint struck a total of 775,818,962 quarters in 1985. These coins contain the “P” mintmark symbolizing Philadelphia, and they are quite common.
Here’s how much this coin is worth:
- Since 1985-P quarters are common and contain no precious metal, they are generally worth only face value (25 cents) — if worn (aka “circulated”).
- However, uncirculated 1985 quarters that have no wear from circulation typically have a value of $1 to $3.
- The most valuable 1985-P quarter was graded Mint State-67 by Professional Coin Grading Service and sold for $1,528 in 2017.
1985-D Quarter Value
The Denver Mint struck 519,962,888 examples of the 1985 quarter with the “D” mintmark.
This coin is generally common.
Here’s how much this coin is worth:
- A circulated (worn) specimen of the 1985-D quarter is usually worth face value of 25 cents.
- A 1985-D quarter in uncirculated condition is generally worth $1 to $3.
- The most valuable 1985-D quarter was graded Mint State-67 by Professional Coin Grading Service and sold for $1,680 in a 2013 auction.
1985-S Quarter Value
If you’re unable to find any 1985-S proof quarters in your pocket change, there’s a good reason for that. They weren’t made for circulation!
Instead, the 1985-S quarters were made as proofs — just for coin collectors.
The San Francisco Mint struck 3,362,821 proof quarters in 1985 with the “S” mintmark.
Proofs are made using highly polished blanks that are intentionally struck at least twice by specially prepared dies to ensure that every detail is seen on the finished coin.
Here’s how much this coin is worth:
- The 1985-S proof quarters were sold in sets, with the individual coins currently fetching $2 to $5 each.
- One of the most valuable 1985-S proof quarters was graded Proof-70 Deep Cameo by Professional Coin Grading Service and traded for $43 in 2014.
Rare 1985 Quarter Errors To Look For
While perfect (or nearly so) 1985 quarters have some of the highest values, you might be surprised to find out how much 1985 quarter errors are worth today!
These are some of the most popular and widely collected 1985 error quarters that you might come across:
1985 Doubled Die Quarter Error
The 1985 doubled die quarter is an error that many people ask about — in part, because some doubled dies bring big bucks!
But, as of this writing, there are no major 1985 doubled die quarters worth huge money that are known to exist.
Minor 1985 doubled die quarters — those that show obscure doubling and don’t have huge collector followings — can take anywhere from $25 to $100 (sometimes more, depending on the type of doubling and its rarity).
1985 Off-Center Quarter Error
Off-center error quarters are fun to look for, and they’re worth quite a bit of money — especially when the design is way off!
The most frequently encountered off-center error quarters are 5% to 20% off center and are worth $30 to $100.
The most valuable kind of off-center quarters are about 50% off center yet still show a complete date. These can draw $200 to $300 or more.
1985 No Ridges Smooth Edge Quarter
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive about error coins is about quarters without ridges (or with a smooth edge).
Most of these are not errors, but rather just heavily worn quarters whose edges are smooth due to extensive use in vending machines.
However, there is a kind of error known as a broadstrike error that also has a smooth edge!
Broadstrikes are born when a coin isn’t struck within its retaining collar, which helps ensure the coin is the correct diameter and thickness when struck. On coins that contain ridges (known as reeds), these are also imparted by the retaining collar upon strike.
A broadstrike error coin is usually thinner and wider than a normal coin — yet it’s still of the standard weight for its respective denomination.
A 1985 broadstrike quarter is worth around $20 to $30.
I’m the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I’m also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I’ve contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I’ve authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!