Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,910
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.00 Grams
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.04 (11/25/2015)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1875 20C MS obverse 1875 20C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Several arguments were furnished to Congress as justification for creating a 20-cent piece in 1875, but these were mostly specious. The real reason that western legislators pushed for it was to help prop up the market for domestically-mined silver at a time when oversupply of the metal was causing its value to fall. Though this denomination made more sense in our decimal coinage system, the quarter dollar was already firmly entrenched in American society, and the great similarity in size and design of the new coin to the old only made it seem that much more redundant.

The Philadelphia Mint's hesitant production of just 38,500 pieces in 1875 had no impact on this coin's viability in circulation, and survivors are scarce across all grades. Its novelty led to a higher survival rate in Mint State than one would expect from such a low mintage, but gems are rare.

The Brunner/Frost reference book on this coin series notes two die pairs for this issue, but neither is sufficiently distinctive to be sought as a variety.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2015

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1875 20C MS
Base $ 175 210 290 380 510 650 690 740 800 1085 1300 1700 2300 6400 16000 28000 - - -
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Total Graded: 478
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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2/23/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6495 $718.75
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 172 $1,208.00
7/7/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 8020 $632.50
2/26/2012 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3231, 3231/Lot# 1527 $625.00
5/27/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1143 $1,121.25
3/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 147607 $356.88
11/2/2014 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10457 $230.00
10/10/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14781 $193.88
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7379 $705.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 20C MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1969
Owner: Tweed Collection
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1505
Owner: RWJ
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