Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,910
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $3.80 (4/22/2021)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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1875 20C MS obverse 1875 20C MS reverse
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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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Last Updated: 3/23/2021

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1875 20C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 225 260 320 425 500 675 700 815 850 1000 1100 1200 1625 2100 5500 14250 32500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 597
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1875 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2101415543142242062694367554472174---591
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Total2101415543142242062704377555472175---595
 0%2%2%3%9%5%7%4%3%10%12%1%6%13%9%8%4%1%1%--- 
1875 20C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-211-------6
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Total----------2-211-------6
 ----------33%-33%17%17%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 20C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base330442484539699835948103410921192123514901606170319852194294146747818110931196512887
367456502592744873977105311251206132015291638179720552443351957228910113841227213531
0000009771053112512061320152916381797205524433519572289101138400
000000100510731159122114051567167118912124269240966770100011167400
1875 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5026847358291051116612711369141015151619170717991928219728604431632483388859959910383
5637017669031089120113041383144515501648173818422018241833845062699585129106986010902
0000001304138314451550164817381842201824183384506269958512910600
0000001336139614801584167817681885210726393907569376678685935200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4431
Owner: bill413
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1928
Owner: RichH
 
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