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: $2.31 (10/13/2015)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2015

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1875 S 20C MS
Base $ 95.00 120 150 185 265 385 415 475 565 785 960 1475 2100 3600 11000 26500 86000 - -
$ 310 - 450 520 625 890 1100 1610 2450 4300 13150 32500 -

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Total Graded: 3151
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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10/13/2015 VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23464
10/13/2015 VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23113
10/13/2015 AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23465
11/1/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7381

Auction Prices Realized

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2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1339 $4,025.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1546 $1,063.75
1/1/2012 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131202/Lot# 20125 $115.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
12/9/2012 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 3395, 3395/Lot# 1636 $80.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131307/Lot# 26710 $193.88
7/14/2013 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131330/Lot# 22219 $115.15
9/22/2013 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 135835 $189.20
11/2/2014 PCGS F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10467 $115.00
4/22/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7618 $587.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 20C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: ddr70
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3423
Owner: fogbear
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