Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0000g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.50 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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1878 20C PF obverse 1878 20C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 20-cent piece survived as a part of the United States coinage just long enough for another emission of proofs in 1878. The official end came on May 2nd of that year, and the 600 proofs dated 1878 would be the last of their kind. The 760 figure of the Brunner/Frost book is taken from Walter Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia, but there is no real support for the higher number, even as a gross total prior to melting.

This is yet another rare entry in the 20-cent series, with survivors in any grade being quite scarce. Gems are rare, pointing to the poor storage and frequent cleaning that most of these coins suffered over the years. Cameo proofs are very rare, while Ultra Cameo examples are all but unknown.

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Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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1878 20C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 2950 3150 3250 3450 3650 3750 3950 4300 4800 5900 9800 17000 38000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 5200 6800 - - - -
1878 20C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4650 5450 6600 14500 28500 41000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5750 9250 19850 31250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 312
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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11/4/2017 PF 60   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1261/Lot# 16450


Auction Prices Realized

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4/17/2000 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1297, 1297/Lot# 1364 $2,106.00
2/11/2007 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1344 $5,060.00
1/3/2012 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5695 $4,312.50
7/12/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3505 $7,475.00
6/23/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 757, 766/Lot# 152 $4,350.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3580 $2,585.00
2/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 167574 $4,529.80
8/8/2014 NGC PF 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3284 $3,290.00
8/11/2015 NGC PF 61   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 343 $3,055.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2760283029012975304931243144322332703363345334963581369439684319600778088929000
2783285429263000307431313170323933013393346735243619378540854882660781828929000
0000003170323933013393346735243619378540854882660781828929000
0000003197325433323423348235533656387742025444720885558929000
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2937301030863162323933193340342234723569366237073796391340644992680080829350000
2961303531113188326633263367343935043600367737373835396343735595722785059350000
0000003367343935043600367737373835396343735595722785059350000
0000003395345535373631369237663874401446836197765589279350000
1878 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2633270127702840291229853004308031263216330333453427356437474111511564008686000
2656272427932864293629913029309531563245331733723473362538684446554371628686000
0000003029309531563245331733723473362538684446554371628686000
0000003055311131863274333134003518368639904780597279248686000
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 8686
Owner: GOrr
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 7808
Owner: Colt45
 
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