How Much Is a 1946 Quarter worth? (+Value Chart)

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

The 1946 quarter is a valuable Washington quarter that you can collect to add to your coin collection.

While it may not help you earn a million of dollars, it is still worth more than its face value.

So if you want to add this coin to your collection or sell it further, you are in the right place. 

Here is a complete guide to help you understand the worth of a 1946 quarter. 

1946 Washington (1932 to Date) Quarter Choice Fine


How Much Is 1946 Quarter Worth?

The worth of the 1946 quarter will depend on the coin’s condition. For example, in extremely fine condition, the 1946 quarter without a mintmark, with a D mintmark, and with an S mintmark will be worth at least $5.27.

Besides that, all these quarters will be worth around $8 to $9 in MS60 grade. Of course, the worth will be higher in uncirculated conditions.

The 1946 quarter without a mintmark will be worth $35 in MS65 grade. The 1946 quarter with a D mintmark will be worth $33 in MS65 grade. 

Finally, the 1946 quarter with an S mintmark will be worth around $30 in MS65 grade. As you opt for higher graded and uncirculated coins, the worth will be much higher than the face value of the coin.

Type of 1946 Quarter Condition Worth
Without a mintmark Extremely Fine $5.27
  MS60 $8 to $9
  MS65 $35
With a D mintmark Extremely Fine $5.27
  MS60 $8 to $9
  MS65 $33
With an S mintmark Extremely Fine $5.27
  MS60 $8 to $9
  MS65 $30


Looking for the value of other coins from 1946? Read more of our guides:

Where Was The 1946 Quarter Minted?

1946 Washington (1932 to Date) Quarter Choice Fine

The 1946 quarters come in three series, as it was minted in three places. These include Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.

The Philadelphia series comes without a mintmark, while the Denver and San Francisco series come with a D and S mintmark, respectively. The number of coins produced by each mint also varies from one another.

For example, the Philadelphia mint created 53,436,000 of these coins. On the other hand, the Denver and San Francisco mints produced 9,072,800 and 4,204,000 of these coins, respectively. 

What Is The Grading System For The 1946 Quarter?

The 1946 quarter comes in various grades, and each grade represents the wear and tear the coin has gone through. The most common grades you will find this coin in include extremely fine, MS60 uncirculated, and MS65 uncirculated.

In the extremely fine grade, the hair lines will look sharp, and the only signs of wear and tear will be on the eagle’s leg and breast. If you have a coin of MS60 grade, you will not find any signs of wear and tear.

The quarter will also have luster, but you might find a few surface marks or abrasions. Finally, the best condition of this coin is the MS65 uncirculated grade. 

Such a 1946 quarter has an incredible eye appeal and a strong luster. You might find a few contact marks on the quarter, but they will be light and not too noticeable to the naked eye. 

What Are The Features Of The 1946 Quarter?

The obverse features of the 1946 quarter include a portrait of George Washington with the year below his portrait and the word “Liberty” above his head. You will also find the phrase “In God we Trust” on the left side of the portrait.

As you flip the coin, you must notice the reverse features. You will find an eagle sitting on top of a branch with its wings spread out in confidence.

The phrase “Quarter Dollar” is inscribed below the eagle, and “E Pluribus Unum” is on top of the eagle. Finally, the phrase “United States of America” is written on the very top around the periphery of the coin. 

Is A 1946 Quarter Pure Silver?

1946 Washington (1932 to Date) Quarter Choice Fine

No coin you will find in pure silver. That is because silver needs to be paired with an alloy for it to remain stable and sturdy.

That is why the 1946 quarter is 90% silver and 10% copper. However, you can still melt the coin for its silver melt value.

It is crucial to check the silver melt value when you are planning to do this to understand if it is worth it or not. 

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.