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: $2.32 (12/19/2014)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 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: 2985
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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12/21/2014 XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 835, 844/Lot# 1100
12/23/2014 VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131451/Lot# 27455
12/23/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131451/Lot# 27456
1/12/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9979
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Auction Prices Realized

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3/14/2005 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2013, 2013/Lot# 1383 $3,630.00
2/6/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211023/Lot# 24786 $126.50
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1026 $258.75
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
7/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 334 $1,627.00
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 137393 $1,667.60
12/5/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7656 $223.25
8/8/2014 NGC F 12   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21230 $105.75
10/12/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 226360 $170.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 20C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: ddr70
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1477
Owner: mania
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