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: $2.52 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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1875 20C MS
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Base $ 190 230 315 395 535 660 705 730 850 935 1050 1325 1690 2200 8000 16500 32000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 511
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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6/11/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7397


Auction Prices Realized

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5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 172 $1,208.00
6/25/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 1704 $1,806.65
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 1801 $4,600.00
8/19/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3331, 3331/Lot# 1556 $380.00
1/1/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14310 $706.18
12/22/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 159769 $682.00
5/5/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20138 $417.13
11/29/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131549/Lot# 23495 $223.25
8/10/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3705 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base50256364280295811521271133313811438150517301785196922682699426162487808174462923531011
522589695854102211911291134914001460158017481846206824113219492367681102021375298270
000000129113491400146015801748184620682411321949236768110202137500
000000131213651419148216551766190721682555374055857288142332530500
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1969
Owner: Tweed Collection
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1785
Owner: JTO
 
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