Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,910
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.86 (9/25/2016)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2016

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1875 20C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 175 210 290 380 510 650 690 740 850 1025 1085 1300 1900 2500 7500 18000 38000 - - -
$ 565 - - - 925 - 1200 1400 2050 2900 9000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 491
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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9/16/1996 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0876, 876/Lot# 1399 $327.00
2/27/2003 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 6583 $6,095.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2047 $1,322.50
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8119 $431.25
1/13/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 734, 743/Lot# 45 $306.00
2/17/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 96095 $220.00
5/25/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22204 $464.13
6/23/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20164 $464.13


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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