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Did you know that some 1994 quarters are worth hundreds and even thousands of dollars?
You have to know which ones to look for, but it’s true — some 1994 quarters are rare and valuable!
In this article, you will learn:
- Which features to look for on 1994 quarters
- How much your 1994 Washington quarter is worth today
- Which 1994 quarters are worth the most money
Facts About 1994 U.S. Quarters
There’s a lot to understand about the 1994 Washington quarter before knowing how much it’s worth!
Here are some interesting facts…
John Flanagan Designed The Washington Quarter
John Flanagan designed the quarter using a bust of first President George Washington sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon in the late 18th century. Flanagan also designed the heraldic eagle design seen on the reverse (“tails side”) of 1994 quarters.
Here’s The Mintmark Location On 1994 Quarters
The mintmark on a 1994 quarter is found on the obverse (“heads side”) on the right side of the quarter, just behind the bow in Washington’s ponytail.
A mintmark indicates the U.S. Mint facility where that quarter was made.
You will find one of 3 mintmarks on every 1994 quarter:
- P = Philadelphia Mint
- D = Denver Mint
- S = San Francisco Mint
NOTE: There’s a lot of chatter about there being no mintmark on 1994 quarters, but this is not a confirmed error or variety. Therefore, if you don’t see a mintmark on your 1994 quarter, it’s most likely post-mint damage from somebody intentionally removing it to make the coin appear to be an error or variety of some kind.
Silver 1994 Quarters Do Exist
A lot of people want to know if there is a rare 1994 silver quarter worth looking for.
While there are 1994 silver quarters, they aren’t necessarily rare…
I’ll explain more in a minute. Bur for now, just know that a 1994 silver quarter will have an “S” mintmark (though not all 1994-S quarters are silver), and they will weigh more than clad quarters.
There Are Two Standard Weights For 1994 Quarters
As mentioned above, there are two weight specifications for 1994 quarters.
Silver quarters weigh more than clad quarters:
- 1994 silver quarters weigh 6.25 grams
- 1994 clad quarters weigh 5.67 grams
Don’t get too excited if your 1994 quarter doesn’t weigh exactly the amount listed above. The U.S. Mint allows for tolerances of .195 grams (higher or lower) for silver quarters and .227 grams for clad quarters, more or less.
NOTE: Worn quarters can weigh even less — due to the loss of metal through circulation wear or damage.
Some 1994 Quarters Are Rare, Others Are Common
I’m not being wishy washy by saying that not all 1994 quarters are rare — or common.
What this means is that most 1994 quarters are common in the absolute sense, while a small number are rare due to being in incredibly nice condition or because they have errors or varieties.
Now, let’s see which 1994 quarters are rare and which 1994 quarters are common — and how much all 1994 U.S. quarters are worth today…
How Much Is A 1994 Quarter Worth Today?
First, here’s what you need to know about mintage numbers and how they affect a coin’s value.
1994-P Quarter Value
The 1994-P quarter from the Philadelphia Mint is a common coin with a mintage of 825,600,000. Given that nearly a billion of these coins were struck, there are still plenty of 1994-P quarters floating around in pocket change today.
- A 1994-P quarter is worth only face value of 25 cents if worn.
- In uncirculated condition, a 1994-P quarter is typically worth somewhere between $1 and $3.
- One of the most valuable 1994-P quarters was graded Mint State-67 by Professional Coin Grading Service and sold for $504 in a 2019 auction.
1994-D Quarter Value
The Denver Mint struck 880,034,110 of the 1994-D quarters, making them even more common from the onset than the 1994-P quarter.
- The Denver quarters are pretty common and worth just their face value of 25 cents in circulated condition.
- Uncirculated specimens are worth slightly more, with a typical value between $1 and $3.
- One of the most valuable 1994-D quarters was graded Mint State-67 by Professional Coin Grading Service and sold for $1,500 in a 2018 auction.
1994-S Quarter Value
The 1994-S quarter was struck at the San Francisco Mint in proof format — specifically for sale to coin collectors and others who want a presentation-quality example of this popular coin.
Proofs are struck using polished blanks (or planchets) by specially prepared dies on high-tonnage presses. These proof coins are intentionally struck at least twice to ensure that even the most minute details are fully rendered onto each coin.
The San Francisco Mint struck two kinds of 1994-S proof quarters:
- Clad proof quarters
- Silver proof quarters
1994-S Clad Proof Quarter Value
- The San Francisco Mint struck 2,484,594 of the 1994-S proof quarters in clad.
- A 1994-S clad proof quarter is usually worth $3 to $5.
- One of the most valuable 1994-S clad quarters was graded Proof-70 Deep Cameo by Professional Coin Grading Service and fetched $308 in a 2008 auction.
1994-S Silver Proof Quarter Value
The 1994-S silver quarter saw a smaller mintage than its clad counterpart, with just 785,329 rolling off San Francisco Mint presses.
They are still available enough for collectors who want them, and they tend to sell for $5 to $10 each.
One of the most valuable 1994-S silver proof quarters was graded Proof-70 Deep Cameo by Professional Coin Grading Service and garnered $863 in a 2007 auction.
1994 Error Quarter Values
Some 1994 quarter errors and varieties are worth a lot more than their perfectly struck kin!
Here are some examples to look for in your pocket change:
- 1994 off-center quarter value — $20 to $75+
- 1994 clipped planchet value — $20 to $30+
- 1994 die crack quarter value — $10 to $20+
- 1994 die cud quarter value — $150+
As you can see, some 1994 error quarter values are pretty strong! That’s why it’s worth looking for these error quarters in coin rolls, in your spare change, and other places — like coin jars and even at estate sales.
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!