What was in your pocket?

An image of pocket change coins from 1932


Mintage Numbers

  • 1932-P - 5,404,000
  • 1932-D - 436,800
  • 1932-S - 408,000


Washington Quarter related information

  • Washington Quarter production commences in April of 1932
  • The Washington Quarter is released into circulation on August 1st
  • Being the first year for this series, all 3 mint issues are considered key coins to the series
  • Even though the San Francisco mint had the lowest mintage of Washington quarters in 1932, the 1932 Denver Washington quarter is considered the number one key coin to this series. This is attributed to the fact that more of the San Francisco pieces survived in nicer grades than the coins which were minted in Denver.


US Events from 1932

  • On January 1st The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth
  • On February 2nd Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • On March 1st Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in NJ; found dead On May 12
  • On April 19th President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week
  • On May 20th Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to be come the first woman to fly solo across Atlantic, landing a day later in Irenland
  • On June 16th President Hoover & VP Charles Curtis renominated by Rep Convention
  • On July 1st NY Gov FDR nominated for president at Dem Convention in Chicago
  • On July 6th 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents
  • On July 8th A noted Great Depression low point of the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping to $41.22
  • On August 24th 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart who completes the flight a day later
  • On November 8th Franklin Roosevelt (D) elected 32nd President for 1st time
  • On November 24th In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens
  • On December 5th German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America


U.S. Sports

  • On May 7th 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • On February 4th the 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • On February 9th USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • On April 9th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep NY Rangers in 3 games
  • On May 7th 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • On May 9th 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • On May 30th Indianapolis 500: Fred Frame wins in 4:48:03.761 (167.604 km/h)
  • On June 3rd Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive Home Runs; Yanks beat A's 20-13
  • On July 9th Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed. Later in Octover, they play their first game and lose 14-0
  • On July 30th 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • On September 13th NY Yankees clinch their 7th AL pennant
  • On September 20th Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • On October 1st Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes, points & hits next pitch into center field bleachers
  • On October 2nd NY Yankees sweep Chicago Cubs in 29th World Series


U.S. Entertainment

  • On May 2nd Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • On May 25th Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
  • On November 15th Walt Disney Art School created
  • On November 18th the 5th Academy Awards are held at the "Grand Hotel"
  • On November 28th Groucho Marchx performs on radio for the first time
  • On December 21st Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)
  • On December 27th Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)


U.S. Technology

  • On March 24th 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • On March 31st Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine
  • On June 10th 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield Mass
  • On August 22nd BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • On December 7th 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY


World Events

  • On January 28th Japanese forces attack Shanghai
  • On February 4th Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • On February 25th Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
  • On April 10th Paul von Hindenburg elected 1st German president (Hitler is 2nd)
  • On May 5th Japan & China sign a peace treaty
  • On June 13th Great Britain & France sign peace treaty
  • On June 3rd Paul Von Hindenburg disbands German Parliament
  • On June 14th German government of von Papen forms
  • On June 29th USSR & China sign non-aggression treaty
  • On August 13th Hitler refuses President Von Hindenburg's proposal to become vice-chancellor of Germany
  • On August 30th Hermann Goering elected Chairman of the Reichstag
  • On September 12th German government of Papen falls/Reichstag dissolved
  • On September 20th Gandhi begins hunger strike against treatment of untouchables
  • On October 3rd Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations
  • On October 25th Benito Mussolini promises to remain dictator for 30 years
  • On November 1st Wernher von Braun named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program
  • On November 6th German election - KPD defeats NSDAP
  • On November 17th German government of von Papen resigns
  • On November 27th Poland & USSR sign non-aggression treaty
  • On November 29th France signs non-agression pact with Soviet Union and both countries sign no attack treaty
  • On December 12th USSR & China resume diplomatic relations

Washington Quarter Date Guide 1932-1964

Did You Know?

1932 D reverse 1The reverse hub of the 1932 quarter was never used again. Click here to read about this and more!