How Much Is 1981 Quarter Worth? Here is the Answer

Last Updated on December 30, 2023

It’s no secret that the D Washington quarter is one of America’s most popular coins, yet its collector popularity has waned.

While it is always worth holding a coin in your hand and saving money on rolls, there are rare occasions when you might want to sell some change.


How much is a 1981 quarter worth?

A 1981 quarter in certified mint state (MS+) could be worth $6, if the 1981 quarter value is average of 25 cents.

As a rough estimate of the value of this coin, you may assume that in average condition it would be worth around 25 cents, whereas one in perfect mint state (MS+) could sell for as much as $6 at auction. This price does not correspond to any recognized grading scale. We refer to it as typical when we mean it’s in the same condition as other coins produced in 1981 and has been certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading firms.

The condition of a covered Washington Quarter has a significant impact on its price. As a result, an uncleaned scratched, or damaged example will be valued at face value.

How much should a 1981 quarter weigh?

The 1981 quarter’s weight should be 4.73 Grams.

What quarters are worth money?

Collectors seeking to acquire some of these coins from circulation should keep a close eye on every coin that goes through their hands. You must also be aware of what to search for.

1932–1964 Washington Quarters

The Washington quarter’s design, which debuted in 1932, was based on the Standing Liberty quarter, which had been abandoned in favor of the dissatisfied Barber quarters in 1916. They were meant to be one-year commemorative coins. The public loved the look of George Washington so much that it became a permanent feature.

All Washington quarters before 1965 were composed of 90 percent silver. It is now worth far more than the face value of these coins (25 cents). The United States Mint stopped producing the Washington quarter made with silver in 1964. By this time, rising silver bullion prices had begun pushing the intrinsic metal content of these coins beyond their face values.

1932-S Washington Quarters

The lowest mintage for the Washington quarter series is the 1932-S, which was made to a total of 408,000 coins. The 1932-S, like the 1932-D, is a highly desired key date.

The 1932-S has the lowest business-strike output figure of any quarter going back to the extremely rare 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, not counting the unusual anomaly of a slightly lower-mintage 1927-S Standing Liberty quarter (396,000 minted). The 1932-S is popular for its high grade, with a circulated example bringing at least $100 and up.

1982 and 1983 Washington Quarters

In the early 1980s, unemployment was at its highest level in decades and the economy was in shambles. In 1982 and 1983, the United States Mint produced a modest amount of quarters. The quarter was a workhorse in American commerce. With many unemployed people scraping together their change to pay the rent or buy food, not many of these quarters were left unused in money jars and sock drawers.

Many people were hoarding rolls of uncirculated 1982 and 1983 quarters because they didn’t have enough money. This resulted in a scarcity of uncirculated quarters from those two years.

The rarest in uncirculated condition is the 1983-P Washington quarter, which may sell for anywhere from $20 to $50 or more. The 1982-P, 1982-D, and 1983-D quarters are also difficult to come by and cost between $5 and $10 each in uncirculated grades.

2004-D Wisconsin Extra Leaf Quarters

Two distinct and unusual die types were used on 2004-D Wisconsin 50 State Quarters. On the obverse side (heads), there is an extra leaf on the corn stalk that rises above the wheel of cheese. Above the cheese wheel, one type appears to have an extra tall leaf rising above it; the other depicts a leaf that just arcs above the cheese.

Some have speculated that the extra leaves are due to unexpected die cracks. Others feel that they were caused by a mischievous engraver. Extra leaves on the Lincoln cent have an unknown origin, but the desire for them is obvious. Higher grades of this 2004 Wisconsin state quarter type sell for around $50 to $100.

What to Do If You Find Any Valuable Washington Quarters?

To make money, sell your coins to a dealer who will pay you what they are truly worth.

The coin experts not only know what your 1981 quarter value as well as your other quarters are worth, but also how much they’re worth in comparison to other coins. Make sure it is one of the most reputable bricks-and-mortar and online coin dealers.

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.