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The twenty cent piece was introduced in 1875, ostensibly to eliminate problems with making change for small purchases. A small mintage of 133,290 pieces was accomplished at the Carson City Mint during the year. Unfortunately the coin's size and appearance were too similar to the quarter, and this caused much confusion and irritation. The public rejected the coins and none were made for circulation after 1876. Proofs were made for collectors in 1877 and 1888, after which the denomination was cancelled. The 1876-CC is a classic rarity, with fewer than 20 specimens known to the numismatic community today, leaving the 1875-CC as the only issue from the Carson City Mint reasonably available to collectors. While this odd denomination was never popular with the general public, it was always popular with collectors, and the 1875-CC, as the only readily collectible Carson City issue from the short-lived series, enjoys enduring demand across all grade levels.
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