Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,155,000
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.29 (2/12/2016)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2015

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1875 S 20C MS
Base $ 95.00 120 150 185 265 385 415 475 565 785 960 1475 2100 3600 11000 26500 86000 - -
$ 310 - 450 520 625 890 1100 1610 2450 4300 13150 32500 -

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Total Graded: 3184
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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11/28/2005 PCGS FA 2   Teletrade Auction 2124, 2124/Lot# 1287 $58.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1339 $4,025.00
3/19/2007 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 March Dallas, TX Final Session #433, 433/Lot# 7612 $862.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3464 $4,887.50
12/8/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7987 $431.25
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 113994 $214.50
3/9/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 105593 $137.50
12/7/2014 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 161 $150.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 142 $6,462.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 20C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: ddr70
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3423
Owner: fogbear
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