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The 1877 And 1878 Proof Twenty Cent Coins

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PCGS - The Twenty Cent Piece is one of the most intriguing of America's short-lived coins. In production from 1875 through 1878, the denomination quickly proved to be a flop. Yet, in only four years of production, the coin saw nearly a dozen different issues minted at the Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City Mints and went on to captivate generations of numismatists. Now largely regarded as a type coin, one often collected as a single specimen to represent this enigmatic denomination, the Twenty Cent Piece has revealed itself to also be one of the most challenging of 19th-century coins.



Designed by William Barber, the plain-edged silver coin weighs 5 grams and measures 22 millimeters in diameter - physical dimensions and appearances roughly similar to a modern-day nickel. It carries an obverse inspired by Christian Gobrecht's Liberty Seated motif of the 1830s and a reverse showcasing an eagle regally spreading its wings, similar to that seen on the concurrently struck Trade dollar. The only circulation issues struck are the 1875, 1875-CC, 1875-S, 1876, and 1876-CC. Proofs were struck alongside the business strikes in 1875 (including both Philadelphia and branch-mint San Francisco proofs that year) and 1876, while these numismatic-only pieces constitute the only issues struck to represent the last two years of the series in 1877 and 1878.

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Interesting article and some lovely examples!

Now largely regarded as a type coin
The one in my 7070 is was a tough hole to fill.

The Twenty Cent Piece was very unpopular with the public, which confused it with the quarter.
They needed to get rid of the quarter dollar if they wanted it to be successful. A lesson still not learned with the dollar coin today.

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When I was attempting to put together a type set of all proof coins, the 20-cent piece was the very last (and one of the most expensive) one I acquired. I had hoped to find a slightly better grade, but the price and availability just got too prohibitive:


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