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: $2.24 (6/24/2019)
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: 5/17/2019

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1875 S 20C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 115 130 150 215 280 390 425 490 550 715 815 1020 1200 1450 2600 7200 26000 69000 - -
$ - - - - 680 - - 1100 1400 1750 5000 12350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3573
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: 6/19/2019 1875 S 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12811902294411582229011420535420169294313420200498---3569
--------------1123-1--8
-------------521122----22
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Total128119022944115822290114205354201692993164322045481--3599
 0 %2 %5 %6 %12 %4 %6 %3 %3 %6 %10 %1 %5 %8 %9 %12 %6 %2 %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
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Price
5/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 634 $4,370.00
5/30/2007 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 855 $17,250.00
12/17/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 204, 210/Lot# 129 $739.45
8/14/2011 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/14/2011, 131/Lot# 14877 $226.60
9/11/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3135, 3135/Lot# 1547 $160.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3431 $3,450.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
5/5/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20142 $346.63
6/4/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3685 $1,410.00
12/4/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131650/Lot# 23644 $305.50
8/22/2018 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131835/Lot# 27445 $312.00


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