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SERIES: Liberty Seated Twenty Cents 1875-1876
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1875 20C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
5296
Diameter:
22.00 millimeters
Designer:
William Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
36,910
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,000 • PCGS MS67 • 1-7-2004 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 3 / 5 3 / 5
60 or Better 375 R-6.2 2 / 5 2 / 5
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 2 / 5 2 / 5
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2004:2046, $23,000
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2004:2046, $23,000
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In 1875, an entirely new denomination was added to the U.S. coin line-up -- the Twenty Cent piece.  One would expect a huge fanfare to accompany the introduction of a new denomination, but the mintage of the inaugural year, at least at the Philadelphia mint, was meager at best.  Apparently, the big need for the Twenty Cent piece was out West, where the San Francisco mint produced over 1 million examples and the Carson City mint struck over 133,000 pieces.  Sadly, the Twenty Cent piece never caught on, in large part because of its similarity in size and appearance to the well-known Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar.  In 1876, the mintages dropped precipitously and from 1877 to 1878 only Proofs wers struck.