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: $2.47 (10/17/2017)
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.

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Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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1875 S 20C MS
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Base $ 105 120 145 170 245 380 435 465 560 690 760 915 1300 1950 3050 9200 26000 68750 - -
$ - - - - 610 - - 975 1400 2150 4700 10000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3422
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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9/2/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23092, 23092/Lot# 13698 $437.00
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 226 $207.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
11/4/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 3375, 3375/Lot# 1657 $475.00
4/21/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111215 $45.00
12/29/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 62 $160.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20203 $176.25
11/13/2016 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131647/Lot# 27408 $139.83


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