1875-CC Seated Liberty 20 Cent

The Twenty Cent coin made its appearance in 1875. Soon, complaints started rolling into the Mint because its size and design were too easily confused with the quarter dollar. The coin never did gain acceptance, and was discontinued in 1878.(1)

The Carson City Mint issued the Twenty Cent coin for only two years. The 1875-CC is not particularly scarce, but for most Carson City specialists, the 1875-CC is the only viable option for obtaining an example of the Twenty Cent denomination from the CC Mint. That’s because of the 10,000 mintage for the 1876-CC, virtually all of them were melted down, leaving fewer than 20 specimens known to exist today.(2)

These circumstances have engendered a solid demand for the 1875-CC Twenty Cent issue for generations of collectors. The overall performance of the coin within the lengthy time horizons of our survey has been quite good.

However, since about 2014, the coin has slumped in value considerably… not enough to prevent its appearance on the Key Date List of recommendations… but enough to say it can be had now at a bargain price.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 6500
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 3.7
? The 'PCGS CoinFacts Rarity Scale' assesses the relative rarity of all U.S. coins, based on estimated surviving examples. The scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the rarer the coin.
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1. Yeoman, R.S. and Garrett, Jeff, et al.  A Guide Book of United States Coins, 75th ed.  Pelham, AL: Whitman Publishing, 2021.  

2. Bowers, Q. David.  The History of United States Coinage.  Los Angeles, CA: Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, Inc., 1979.

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Coin images by Stack's Bowers Galleries.