Coin Specifications

Category: Twenty Cents (1875-1878)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Catalog: KM-109
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5g
ASW: 0.1447oz
Melt Value: $2.53 (5/4/2016)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/22/2016

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1878 20C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 2950 3150 3250 3450 3650 3950 4400 4900 6100 9750 18500 46000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5400 7000 - - - -
1878 20C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4650 5450 6700 13000 22000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 5750 9250 21000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 309
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
10/21/2001 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1496, 1496/Lot# 1058 $3,424.00
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1118 $13,225.00
2/20/2006 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 75, 80/Lot# 475 $4,600.00
2/3/2010 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 1044 $4,887.50
6/2/2010 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 627 $8,050.00
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 20C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14724136954678510921301148316451744188319692106223324643365463052648247101053827668782
1782834286258871161136115371678179019112014214823102764378648416258886619495484440
00000013611537167817901911201421482310276437864841625888661949500
00000014221591171118361940206021902387306442085052725294852888500
1878 20C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16326239858683711591376156617341838198120722213234525853518482354768541104473975871426
1963074606699441231143916221768188520112119225724252896395350406497917620217503140
00000014391622176818852011211922572425289639535040649791762021700
00000015021678180319332041216623012505320743885258751998112998700
1878 20C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19030145366193312811516172019002011216422612412255228073796517458629076110684246076242
22735152275110491359158417801937206221962311245826373136425554036933974021532537200
00000015841780193720622196231124582637313642555403693397402153200
000000165218401974211322282361250527223466471456328004104043199600
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 8247
Owner: GOrr
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5476
Owner: Colt45
 
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