1875-S 20C MS (PCGS# 5298)

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

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1875-S 20C MS66 PCGS. CAC. The 1875-S twenty cent issue is by far the most frequently encountered issue of this odd denomination. The short list of such odd denominations would include the half cent; the two cent piece; the three cent silver and three cent nickel coins; the twenty cent, or "double dime" as it was sometimes called; and the four dollar stella issues. The twenty cent piece was doomed to failure from the outset -- the 19th century equivalent of the Susan B. Anthony dollar -- and many of the early issues were melted shortly after their production. This Premium Gem example is among the finest survivors of this plentiful issue exceeding 1 million coins. One of the more notable attributes of this high-grade survivor is its full strike, a feature that is far from a given on a twenty cent piece. Pale, subtle patina is just a bit deeper on the reddish reverse, with the obverse blue-hued. Overall the surfaces are remarkably clean. Population: 52 in 66, 5 finer (7/11). From The Oliver Collection.
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