Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 133,290
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.12 (8/29/2015)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1875 CC 20C MS obverse 1875 CC 20C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/10/2015

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1875 CC 20C MS
Base $ 330 440 535 685 1200 1500 1625 1800 2150 2550 3100 4700 6150 19000 61000 90000 - - -
$ 1300 - - 1950 - 2750 3750 5400 6750 24500 67500 - -

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Total Graded: 947
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
12/7/1998 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1112, 1112/Lot# 1391 $141.70
5/27/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 593 $2,415.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12313 $5,875.00
5/12/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 847 $340.00
1/26/2014 PCGS VG 8   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1086 $293.75
4/21/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20075 $984.65
6/29/2014 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 200825 $300.00
7/11/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5676 $258.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 CC 20C MS
1875 CC 20C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3103
Owner: BillJones
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3103
Owner: Tweed Collection
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