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: $2.48 (11/23/2017)
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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Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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1877 20C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 3600 3650 3700 3750 3900 4175 4375 4700 5400 6800 10000 16000 32500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 5650 7500 13750 - - -
1877 20C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 5375 7050 8900 14500 26000 38500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 7500 - - - - -
1877 20C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 75000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 251
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/6/1999 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1121, 1121/Lot# 1430 $3,317.00
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
6/11/2009 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 383, 389/Lot# 8005 $5,002.50
3/24/2010 PCGS PF 62   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 743 $5,462.50
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2037 $22,325.00
6/1/2014 PCGS PF 62   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 196998 $4,529.80
9/28/2014 NGC PF 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 215142 $1.00
7/9/2015 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3091 $7,637.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3040311531923270335034313442345334743496356036733752394344454912600775438727000
3065314132183297337734353446346034813517359836993816411046015277651979388727000
0000003446346034813517359836993816411046015277651979388727000
0000003449346734893539363537263879427847565642703183328727000
1877 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32303309338934713554363936503662368537073774389239744174469651836321791411047000
32563336341634993582364336543670369237293813391940414348485855626852895811047000
00000036543670369237293813391940414348485855626852895811047000
000000365836773700375238533947410745225021594273831000311047000
1877 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2903297630513126320332813292330333243345340635163592371239524375515862488200000
2927300130763152322932853296331033313365344335413632379240934636552168998200000
0000003296331033313365344335413632379240934636552168998200000
0000003299331733383386347935673672387242344897588575498200000
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 8727
Owner: GOrr
 
Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 4912
Owner: JTO
 
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