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The bill that would eventually end the short life of the unpopular Twenty Cent piece was first introduced in Congress in July of 1876. It became law on May 2, 1878. By the latter date, the Philadelphia Mint had only sold approximately 600 of the 760 proofs prepared in 1878. Those that had not yet sold were melted (along with any other Twenty Cent pieces remaining in the Mint) by order of Director Henry R. Linderman. Today, the proof-only 1878 is highly sought by final-year type collectors and Twenty Cent specialists alike, particularly at the finer grade levels.
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