The Jean-Antoine Houdon Bust

A design specification for the obverse of the Washington  commemorative required a portrait of Washington which was to be based on a clay bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Per The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of the Washington and State Quarters, the design competition guidelines specified that the obverse of the coin (under the original […]

Jean-Antoine Houdon

According to the George Washington’s Mount Vernon Facebook page, On August 15, 1774, Colonel Washington purchases a “large Marble Mortar,” which would later be used by artist Jean-Antoine Houdon to prepare plaster for the cast he made of Washington’s head. Click here to read a short article about Jean-Antoine Houdon.

1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter

Proof Reverse Washington Quarters ( 1956-1964) The Ultimate Variety Part II

Part II of a two part article series written by Dr. Richard S. Appel In Part I of my Proof Reverse Washington Quarters article I discussed the history, facts and questions regarding these remarkable coins. I also described their characteristics and importance as well as the controversy that continues to surround their genesis. Below is […]

Proof Reverse Washington Quarters ( 1956-1964) The Ultimate Variety Part I

  A two part article series written by Dr. Richard S. Appel I first became aware of these remarkable Washington Quarters at a coin show in the late 1990’s. At first glance I was quite taken aback and captivated as I viewed my initial specimen. Its combination of a normal obverse image with a Proof […]

USA Coin Album: A Look Back at Washington Quarters

A great 4 part series of short articles written by David Lange, NGC Research Director from Feb. 2012 to May 2012. Published on the NGC Website, below are links to each article. These articles also were printed in the corresponding monthly issues of the Numismatist. Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

The Dramatic Beginning of the Washington Quarter

The Washington quarter had its beginnings steeped in drama and debate. Originally requested in a proposal by the Treasury Department as a commemorative half dollar design to celebrate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth, the decision by then, Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W. Mellon, to use the Washington quarter design we know today, was […]