Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,790
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.54 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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1875 20C PF obverse 1875 20C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Some 700 silver proof sets were sold in 1875. Since the new 20-cent piece was not available early in the year, when most collectors purchased their sets, it could also be ordered separately. Yeoman's Guide Book of United States Coins and Flynn's book on the series each give a total mintage for this issue of 1,200 pieces, which seems reasonable enough for the time, but the Brunner/Frost book pegs the total at a whopping 2,790 1875 proofs. The higher figure is taken from Walter Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia, and it may represent a total that includes coins later melted as unsold.

Whatever the correct number, proofs of the 1875(P) 20-cent piece are very scarce. Gems are genuinely rare, and it seems odd that more have not survived in higher grades. Cameo specimens are very scarce, while Ultra Cameo coins are exceedingly rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1875 20C PF
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Base $ - - - - 750 910 975 1020 1150 1350 1550 2200 3200 4750 8000 11500 25500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 10000 - - -
1875 20C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1700 2650 3350 5500 10100 24500 40000 - - -
1875 20C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8800 22500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 258
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1875 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------36124347521422----199
--------------1---1---2
----------------1-----1
----------------1-----1
Total----------361243485216221---203
 ----------1 %3 %6 %21 %24 %26 %8 %11 %0 %--- 
1875 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------388151283---57
----------------1-2---3
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Total------------388151385---60
 ------------5 %13 %13 %25 %22 %13 %8 %--- 
1875 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------11-----2
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Total---------------11-----2
 ---------------50 %50 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/19/1999 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1188, 1188/Lot# 1307 $2,996.00
2/11/2000 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 6310 $7,590.00
5/5/2004 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6883 $1,219.00
5/27/2007 NGC PF 63   Cameo Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1065 $2,530.00
9/13/2011 NGC PF 61   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2732 $1,782.50
11/15/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33325 $15,275.00
6/8/2014 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 198729 $8,268.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base154815941641168817371786183818891942199720522108226828343172398451807374884993931016610984
15631610165717041753180318551907196020152071216124572947344343835911786690309651104390
0000001855190719602015207121612457294734434383591178669030965100
0000001872192419792034208922152645305937134781664383579212990800
1875 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base294130153090316632443323340334853569365437403828407543344605488871387646916097181050911348
29663040311531923270335034303513359736833769391041614424469956387307815193469982107890
0000003430351335973683376939104161442446995638730781519346998200
00000034583541362637113799399342484515479463887477865595321024500
1875 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1246128513251366140814501531161916831725184320092161258531033730469454667487796986539380
1259129813391380142214771560164016971764189820602302275833124051495161407648819788950
0000001560164016971764189820602302275833124051495161407648819700
0000001590166217111804195421102444293035214373520968137808842500
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 9030
Owner: GOrr
 
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