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: $2.52 (5/4/2016)
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: 2/22/2016

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1875 S 20C MS
Base $ 98.00 125 150 185 270 395 425 480 585 790 1000 1525 2150 3700 10800 27000 72500 - -
$ - - 450 525 630 - 1100 1600 2350 4500 13150 32500 -

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Total Graded: 3253
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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7/23/1997 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0965, 965/Lot# 1318 $81.75
2/24/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 390 $1,208.00
10/8/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 184, 190/Lot# 254 $356.50
2/3/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3505 $2,070.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine VG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157930 $66.00
6/9/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20262 $346.63
1/11/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131503/Lot# 25182 $675.63
10/18/2015 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27317 $99.88

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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