Coins Certified as of 1/23

My Coin #50001983

1875 20C PR66

PCGS#: 5303

Owner's Comments

Spectacular sunset red centers with electric blue peripheries. Surfaces are perfect, the only grade limiting feature being some light semicircular die finish lines by Liberty's head.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1875, the first year of the oddly-denominated Twenty Cent piece, the Mint struck coins for circulation and Proofs for sale to collectors.  The reported mintage for the Proof 1875 Twenty-Cent piece is 2,790 pieces, which was more than three times that of the other silver Proofs of the year.  This indicates that the Twenty-Cent pieces may have been available for sale on an individual basis.  The number of survivors confirms the higher mintage figure (for instance, the PCGS Population Report show more than twice as many Proof 1875 Twenty-Cent pieces as Proof 1875 Quarter Dollars).

As far as survivors go, the 1875 is the second least common of all the Proof dates in the series (the least common is the 1877, followed by the 1876, then 1875, then 1878).  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census consists almost entirely of PR66 examples, though a lone PCGS PR67 stands out as the finest known example.  Cameo versions represent approximately one-fourth of the total population, though the percentage may increase as more coins are regraded over time (PCGS did not designate Cameos or Deep Cameos until years after they began grading).  However, Deep Cameo examples are confirmed rarities.

Diameter: 22.00 millimeters Designer: William Barber Edge: Plain
Mintage: 2,790 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 600 R-5.8 3 / 4 3 / 4
60 or Better 550 R-5.9 3 / 4 3 / 4
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 1 / 4 1 / 4

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:127, $19,550 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30343, $28,200

2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade