NGC Announces Special Labels for Privy Mark 2020-W Washington Quarter

The following is a Press Release from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, NGC, announcing the availability of special labels for the upcoming Privy Mark 2020-W America the Beautiful Quarter.

A limited mintage released directly into circulation with a WWII privy mark makes the 2020-W Quarters very exciting for collectors. Special submission instructions must be followed. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

Starting in April 2020, the US Mint will release a limited mintage of 2020-W Quarters directly into circulation. Significantly, these quarters feature a V75 privy mark to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is extremely unusual for a US coin to have a privy mark, especially a circulating US coin.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has created a bold new certification label to celebrate the release of the 2020-W Quarters with the V75 privy mark, provided for no additional fee by default for all submissions. The popular NGC West Point Gold Star Label is complimentary by request. A special grading fee of $20 per 2020-W Quarter includes the popular NGC Early Releases or First Releases designations, if applicable.

NGC Privy Mark Washington Quarter Special Label (Image Courtesy of NGC)
NGC Privy Mark Washington Quarter Special Label (Image Courtesy of NGC)

The 2020-W America the Beautiful Quarters with the V75 privy mark are (in order of release): Connecticut (Weir Farm National Historic Site); US Virgin Islands (Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve); Vermont (Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park); Kansas (Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve); and American Samoa (National Park of American Samoa).

NGC graded more than 28,000 2019-W Quarters — the first quarters to ever feature the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint. Indeed, the 2019 program was extremely popular, as collecting from circulation is a storied tradition in American numismatics. Experienced and novice collectors alike enjoyed hunting for the 2019-W Quarters, and high-grade Mint State examples have become especially desirable. A 2019-W San Antonio Quarter graded NGC MS 68 is currently valued at $700 in the NGC Price Guide.

As for the V75 privy mark, it is notable because circulating US coins rarely feature a privy mark. Historically, the purpose of privy marks was to identify an aspect of a coin’s origin or to prevent counterfeiting. For modern coinage, privy marks are design features used to honor a special event — in this case, the end of World War II.

September 2, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which began in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany and culminated with the capture of Berlin and surrender of Japan in 1945. Because privy marks are so uncommon on US coins, the V75 privy mark is a fitting tribute to this singular event in history.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit the 2020-W Quarters under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • Submit these coins on a separate submission form than any other coins being submitted at the same time.
  • The grading fee will be a flat $20 per 2020-W Quarter submitted for the Early Releases or First Releases designation, if qualifying. The grading fee is $17 per 2020-W Quarter if Early Releases or First Releases is not desired.
  • The default label will be the NGC V-Day Special Label #1425, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II (shown below):
Special Label Details (Image Courtesy of NGC)
Special Label Details (Image Courtesy of NGC)

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

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Bulk Submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at Sheller@NGCcoin.com or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at Miles@NGCcoin.com or 949-922-0515.

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