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: $2.20 (2/10/2016)
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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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8/7/1999 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1999 Pre-ANA Bullet Sale #205, 205/Lot# 135 $845.25
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2048 $661.25
2/28/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2169 $391.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1026 $356.00
10/13/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131343/Lot# 28057 $129.25
11/11/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3456, 3456/Lot# 1403 $95.00
8/31/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 200664 $243.00
10/12/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25755 $246.75
11/2/2014 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10462 $95.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 20C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33635142350258675490896610131103122613811488166821062525360153677431171662881830575
34137544953064280592798110431144127714161548181422452883418960551067621050294030
0000009279811043114412771416154818142245288341896055106762105000
0000009469971073118513291452160819602385324247786743139212493400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3423
Owner: fogbear
 
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