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: $2.54 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 4/22/2019

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1878 20C PF
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Base $ - - - - 2500 2625 2750 2950 3050 3400 3750 4300 4850 6800 9100 15700 35000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 5100 7300 - - - -
1878 20C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4650 5450 7100 12000 28500 50000 - - -
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

The chart showing 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: 10/8/2019 1878 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------1--181640538725222---255
------------------2---2
----------------1-----1
---------------1------1
Total-------1--181640538826224---259
 -------0 %--0 %3 %6 %15 %20 %34 %10 %8 %2 %--- 
1878 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------169191462---57
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--------------1-1-----2
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Total------------1610191562---59
 ------------2 %10 %17 %32 %25 %10 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/2/1994 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Bullet Sale #113, 113/Lot# 199 $5,720.00
7/30/1997 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0967, 967/Lot# 1323 $2,300.50
2/11/2007 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1343 $5,750.00
8/11/2010 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4632 $6,900.00
6/23/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 757, 766/Lot# 152 $4,350.00
2/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 167574 $4,529.80
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
Base2464252825942662272927992870294230163091316732453464369439684458556378089588101661098411850
248525502617268427522823289429673041311631933318354137854131482663118401978110439112730
00000028942967304131163193331835413785413148266311840197811043900
00000029182991306631423219339136173877429551957060899599731071100
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2555262226902758282829002973304731223199327833573582381740644992680080829918105091134812235
2577264527132781285229242998307231483225330434323660389943735595722786941011510789116440
000000299830723148322533043432366038994373559572278694101151078900
000000302230973173325233313507373939824683619776559306103121106800
1878 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24222486255126182685275427862821288529853033319433453564376543754958620184288953969810489
2443250825732640270827652798284229183001308732443418363139684569537269438603920199620
0000002798284229183001308732443418363139684569537269438603920100
0000002809286429523017314032953491369841724764578776868778945000
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 8428
Owner: GOrr
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 7808
Owner: Colt45
 
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