[The following excerpt is published courtesy of DLRC Press and its author, John Feigenbaum. This information was originally published in 1994 in The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters.]
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Business strikes: 79,032,000
Proof strikes: 15,287
101 Doubled die obverse. Doubling shows south (Breen-4304, FS #25¢-012.7) (photo)
102 Doubled die obverse. Doubling shows northwest. (Breen-4304, FS #25¢-012.9) (photo)
103 Doubled die reverse. Doubling shows clearly on eagle’s beak (FS #25¢-013) (photo)
With much of the world embroiled in World War II, the United States found itself in the position of supplying many goods and services to the warring nations. The economic boost put the Great Depression behind us once and for all and the demand for coinage grew as well. 1941 saw the highest-ever (to that date) mintage of quarters in our history though this number was soon exceeded. Available in all circulated grades, most for just a little over bullion value. For this and subsequent years, many below AU were melted for bullion value during the great “Hunt Brothers” silver price rise in 1979-80.