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

1875-S 20C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
5298
Diameter:
22.00 millimeters
Designer:
William Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,155,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$73,600 • PCGS MS68 • 1-9-2005 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 25,000 R-2.7 5 / 5 5 / 5
60 or Better 2,625 R-4.4 5 / 5 5 / 5
65 or Better 300 R-6.4 5 / 5 5 / 5
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:678, $73,600 - Heritage 11/2005:2093, $66,125 - Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10071, $52,875

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 11/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30339, $19,975

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:678, $73,600 - Heritage 11/2005:2093, $66,125 - Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10071, $52,875

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 11/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30339, $19,975

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
7 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

7 MS66+ PCGS grade
7 MS66+ PCGS grade  
7 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1875-S Twenty Cent Piece is the indisputable king of the series in terms of total mintage.  Exactly 1.15 million were made, almost ten times as many as the 1875-CC, the closest challenger.  As a result, this is the most affordable date in this short-lived series, and it is the best choice for type collectors because of the availability of high-grade examples. 

Over a thousand Mint State 1875-S Twenty Cent Pieces have been certified by PCGS alone, including nearly two hundred in MS65.  In MS67, this date becomes truly rare and the finest example tops out at PCGS MS68.

Keep an eye open for the S over S variety, which shows a repunched mintmark.