A Year Without A Quarter?
While the United States mints coined millions of Washington quarters in 1975, you won’t ever find a quarter with this date, no matter how hard you look. The reason for this is that the millions of quarters turned out by the Mint during 1975 were actually dated a year later or, more precisely, 1776-1976.
These Bicentennial quarters were struck ahead of time in anticipation of the 200th Anniversary celebration of the United States. While the obverse remained the same (with the special date) the reverse was completely changed. This design, featuring a colonial drummer facing left with a victory torch, surrounded by 13 stars over his right (viewer’s left) shoulder, was by Jack L. Ahr, the winner of an open contest held to solicit designs for reverses for the Bicentennial coinage. Different designs were chosen for the half dollar and dollar, created by Seth G. Huntington and Dennis R. Williams, respectively.