Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,155,000
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.54 (8/25/2019)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/28/2019

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1875 S 20C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 115 130 150 215 280 390 425 490 520 715 815 905 1200 1450 2600 7200 26000 69000 - -
$ - - - - 680 - - 1100 1400 1750 5000 12350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3598
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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1875 S 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13831922304461602249111620535621170297314419200498---3594
--------------1123-1--8
-------------521122----22
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Total138319223044616022491116205356211703023174312045481--3624
 0 %2 %5 %6 %12 %4 %6 %3 %3 %6 %10 %1 %5 %8 %9 %12 %6 %1 %0 %0 %-- 
1875 S 20C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2-11-----4
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Total-------------2-11-----4
 -------------50 %-25 %25 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/22/2003 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1741, 1741/Lot# 1128 $550.00
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1026 $258.75
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
11/29/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3497 $3,290.00
3/4/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3420, 3420/Lot# 1875 $260.00
7/11/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7729 $258.50
4/10/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 3032/Lot# 32295 $411.25
7/13/2014 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 206102 $137.50
10/10/2014 NGC F 15   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14817 $88.13
1/4/2015 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1087 $325.00


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