Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 510
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.54 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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1877 20C PF obverse 1877 20C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Director of the Mint had ordered a halt to 20-cent coinage for circulation in 1876, but this denomination remained a part of the nation's coinage system for another two years before being formally terminated. During 1877-78 proofs alone were struck, and these were sold in remarkably small numbers, even for that time.

All published sources seem to be in agreement on the figure of 510 proofs sold as part of the silver proof sets for 1877. The 20-cent piece is very scarce across all grades, and gems are genuinely rare. Cameo proofs form a minority of the survivors, and Ultra Cameo proofs are great rarities.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1877 20C PF
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Base $ - - - - 3600 3650 3700 3750 4000 4175 6900 7750 9500 12500 13250 16000 30000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 10000 12800 14000 25000 - -
1877 20C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 9400 10750 15000 16000 31000 38500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 11500 - - - - -
1877 20C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 60000 80000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 253
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1877 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------1---321136454823183---190
--------------1--1----2
----------------11----2
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Total------1---321136464824203---194
 ------1 %---2 %1 %6 %19 %24 %25 %12 %10 %2 %--- 
1877 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------131121177----60
---------------1-13---5
--------------11------2
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Total------------1312231783---67
 ------------1 %4 %18 %34 %25 %12 %4 %--- 
1877 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------111---3
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Total----------------111---3
 ----------------33 %33 %33 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/22/1997 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1008, 1008/Lot# 1384 $4,815.00
8/13/2006 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1059 $5,318.75
2/11/2007 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1342 $4,887.50
3/4/2010 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 459, 465/Lot# 5157 $6,900.00
1/5/2011 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3378 $4,887.50
7/26/2012 NGC PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5685 $8,797.50
6/4/2014 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4437 $9,400.00
9/28/2014 NGC PF 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 215142 $1.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base346435473631371738053894398440764170426543624461473750265316608962488058872792661003010840
34923575366037463835392440154107420242974395455348335123557461426851828189079521103000
0000004015410742024297439545534833512355746142685182818907952100
0000004045413942334330442846454930521958316195745585049086977500
1877 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base598461096235636364936625675968957033717473167460786482848720917396431022611294119451286613838
60266151627864066537667068046941708072217364759580048429887193309837105821151112252131900
0000006804694170807221736475958004842988719330983710582115111225200
00000068506987712772697412772981448575902294861003210938117281255900
1877 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2903297630513126320332813292330333243345344735164403463050495656579262487960846391789938
2927300130763152322932853296331033313379347038124479477052515701594468198128870194310
0000003296331033313379347038124479477052515701594468198128870100
0000003299331733383413349341074554490954545747609673898295894000
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 8907
Owner: GOrr
 
Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 6089
Owner: JTO
 
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