Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $3.03 (7/23/2014)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 20C PF obverse 1878 20C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

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.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1878 20C PF
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Base $ - - - 2300 2550 2550 2700 2850 3000 3200 3600 3750 4200 4900 5900 9400 18000 52500 - - -
$ 2750 2900 3050 3200 3400 3900 4050 4600 5400 6450 10700 20000 57500 -
1878 20C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 4400 5250 6500 12750 22000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4750 5600 7000 14000 24500 - -
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5600 9250 21000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 311
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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8/2/1997 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 6222 $2,185.00
4/17/2000 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1297, 1297/Lot# 1364 $2,106.00
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2058 $2,415.00
2/20/2006 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 75, 80/Lot# 475 $4,600.00
4/28/2009 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2306 $10,925.00
4/28/2010 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2587 $4,312.50
11/3/2010 NGC PF 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1667 $4,600.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3580 $2,585.00
2/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 167574 $4,529.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14724136954678510921301148316451744188319692106223324643365463052648247101053827668782
1782834286258871161136115371678179019112014214823102764378648416258886619495484440
00000013611537167817901911201421482310276437864841625888661949500
00000014221591171118361940206021902387306442085052725294852888500
1878 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16326239858683711591376156617341838198120722213234525853518482354768541104473975871426
1963074606699441231143916221768188520112119225724252896395350406497917620217503140
00000014391622176818852011211922572425289639535040649791762021700
00000015021678180319332041216623012505320743885258751998112998700
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19030145366193312811516172019002011216422612412255228073796517458629076110684246076242
22735152275110491359158417801937206221962311245826373136425554036933974021532537200
00000015841780193720622196231124582637313642555403693397402153200
000000165218401974211322282361250527223466471456328004104043199600
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 8247
Owner: GOrr
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5476
Owner: Colt45
 
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