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Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878)

This short-lived coin was authorized by the Act of March 3, 1875. Soon after the appearance of the first twenty-cent pieces, people complained about the similarity in design and size to the quarter dollar. The eagle is very similar to that used on the trade dollar, but the edge of this coin is plain. The mintmark is on the reverse below the eagle.

In the denomination’s first year, more than one million pieces were struck at the San Francisco Mint; about 133,000 at the Carson City Mint; and roughly 37,000 at Philadelphia (not including about 2,800 Proofs struck there as well). These numbers dropped sharply in 1876. (Most of the Carson City coins of that year were melted at the mint and never released, a fate likely met by most of the Philadelphia twenty-cent pieces of 1876 as well.) In 1877 and 1878, only Proof examples were minted. None were struck for circulation.

Various factors caused the demise of the twenty-cent piece: the public was confused over the coin’s similarity to the quarter dollar, which was better established as a foundation of American commerce; in the eastern United States, small-change transactions were largely satisfied by Fractional Currency notes; and the twenty-cent coin was essentially just a substitute for two dimes.

Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878)
1875 - 1878

Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1875 - 1878
    Designer: William Barber
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:22 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: plain
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • G-4 Good. Good.
  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
  • PF-20 Proof. Proof.
  • PF-40 PF-40. PF-40.
  • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
  • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • 1875

    1875

    Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1875
    Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1875
  • 38,500
  • 235
  • 1875CC

    1875CC

    Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1875CC
    Mintmark location is below eagle.
  • 133,290
  • 400
  • 1875S
  • 1,155,000
    • 1876

      1876

      Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1876
      Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1876
    • 14,400
    • 210
    • 1876CC

      1876CC

      Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1876CC
      Twenty-Cent Pieces Liberty Seated (1875 - 1878) 1876CC
    • 10,000
    • 175,000
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