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 (10/21/2019)
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: 3613
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: 10/8/2019 1875 S 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13831982314491602249111720635621171296315420201498---3609
--------------1123-1--8
-------------421122----21
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Total138319823144916022491117206356211713003184322055481--3638
 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
1/30/2006 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Online Session #391, 391/Lot# 28979 $126.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1066 $3,795.00
10/2/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131141/Lot# 24174 $276.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
9/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3355, 3355/Lot# 1887 $414.00
3/17/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 743, 752/Lot# 306 $3,600.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164809 $1,214.40
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5681 $199.75
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3731 $1,880.00
1/16/2019 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131904/Lot# 27328 $540.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 20C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32040945050265378387497410281124116614101521161418862087280744857543107351158612487
3504234675526968139079921060113812471447155217051953232733665504860711019118860
000000907992106011381247144715521705195323273366550486071101900
0000009411010109211521329148415831795202025673926652496711130200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2807
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1953
Owner: coinmaster98
 
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