Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,155,000
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.37 (3/3/2015)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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1875 S 20C MS obverse 1875 S 20C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The brief production of the Twenty Cent piece seems rather predictable today. The ill-conceived denomination was a dismal failure in terms of practicality, being neither needed nor wanted. However little sense it makes to have a One Cent coin today, it made even less to push a Twenty Cent coin down the public's throat in the 1870s. Nevertheless, the expanding economy in the Far West was so strong during this period and the need for small silver coinage so great that even this albatross managed to circulate rather extensively. Still, the novelty of this first year issue and its comparatively high production of over 1.1 million pieces meant that a fair number were set aside for posterity, perhaps several thousand coins in total.

The typical 1875-S in Mint State has been rather carelessly preserved or poorly produced, often displaying substandard luster and noticeable softness on the major design elements (particularly the eagle's left wingtip). As a result most fall into the MS62-63 grade range and it is unusual to find an example that surpasses the Choice level.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2014

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1875 S 20C MS
Base $ 95.00 120 150 185 265 265 385 415 475 565 690 785 960 1475 2100 4400 11000 26500 86000 - -
$ 310 425 450 520 625 765 890 1100 1610 2300 5500 13150 32500 -

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Total Graded: 3027
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/4/1995 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Sale #137, 137/Lot# 5449 $1,870.00
6/15/1998 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 1058, 1058/Lot# 1377 $70.85
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1066 $3,795.00
10/8/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 184, 190/Lot# 253 $1,127.00
1/21/2008 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2479, 2479/Lot# 1269 $4,144.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1978 $393.30
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8133 $195.50
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104633 $588.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 20C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: ddr70
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1173
Owner: jacmitch
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