1875 20C MS62 Certification #34433287, PCGS #5296

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1875, an entirely new denomination was added to the U.S. coin line-up -- the Twenty Cent piece.  One would expect a huge fanfare to accompany the introduction of a new denomination, but the mintage of the inaugural year, at least at the Philadelphia mint, was meager at best.  Apparently, the big need for the Twenty Cent piece was out West, where the San Francisco mint produced over 1 million examples and the Carson City mint struck over 133,000 pieces.  Sadly, the Twenty Cent piece never caught on, in large part because of its similarity in size and appearance to the well-known Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar.  In 1876, the mintages dropped precipitously and from 1877 to 1878 only Proofs wers struck.

Diameter
22.00 millimeters
Designer
William Barber
Edge
Plain
Mintage
36910
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
162
Pop Lower
872
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 4500 R-4.1 3 / 5 3 / 5
All Grades 375 R-6.2 2 / 5 2 / 5
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 2 / 5 2 / 5

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade Heritage 1/2004:2046, $23,000
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade