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: 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 S 20C MS obverse 1875 S 20C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Of the three U. S. Mints active in 1875, only San Francisco produced a substantial coinage of 20-cent pieces, and this was limited to 1875 alone. It proved to be the high point of this denomination's brief career. The fact that so many more examples were coined at San Francisco than at Carson City had more to do with the economic and political rivalry of these regions than with actual demand for the coins in circulation.

Nevertheless, it is the 1875-S issue which is most available today across a wide range of grades, and type collectors are drawn to it for their sets. Though this date/mint is not common in gem condition, there are enough Mint State examples in lesser grades to supply the demand.

There are several varieties for 1875-S, including misplaced dates and repunched mintmarks. These are often found in combination, but they are more popular than they are truly rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/22/2016

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1875 S 20C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 98.00 125 150 185 270 395 425 480 585 690 790 1000 1525 2150 3700 10800 27000 72500 - -
$ - - 450 525 630 - - 1100 1600 2350 4500 13150 32500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3299
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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2/14/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 3119 $6,900.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1339 $4,025.00
3/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3243, 3243/Lot# 1648 $1,437.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
9/16/2012 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 74502 $165.00
5/4/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26571 $182.13
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10469 $75.00
10/10/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14801 $146.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33635142350258675490896610131103122613811488166821062525360153677431171662881830575
34137544953064280592798110431144127714161548181422452883418960551067621050294030
0000009279811043114412771416154818142245288341896055106762105000
0000009469971073118513291452160819602385324247786743139212493400
1875 S 20C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base502597674865101312061271138114381558160917761843206823853033429064731012010626114710
534623738914107712281308140014781575166517981918217426013452501876891028910908114710
000000130814001478157516651798191821742601345250187689102891090800
000000134414191518159217201821199322792817387157458904104571118900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4290
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4290
Owner: fogbear
 
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