20 Cents "Seated Liberty"

20 Cents "Seated Liberty" -  obverse20 Cents "Seated Liberty" -  reverse

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Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1875-1878
Value 20 Cents (0.2 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900) (.100 copper)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 22 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 18403
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 109
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.


Seated Liberty with shield and Phrygian cap on pole, surrounded by 13 stars

Lettering: 1875

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.


Eagle grasping arrows and olive branch


Engraver: William Barber

William Barber (2 May 1807 – 31 August 1879) was the fifth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1869 until his death. Barber is best known for his "Britannia"-inspired trade dollar design, and his adaptation pf the long-standing Seated Liberty design for use on the ill-fated 20-cent piece, which saw circulation only in 1875 and 1876.




United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
CC United States Mint, Carson City, United States (1870-1899)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)



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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1875  38 500 15%
1875  1 200 0.8% Proof
1875 CC 133 290 7%
1875 S 1 155 000 $ 83 $ 95 $ 95 $ 109 $ 173 84%
1875 S 0% repunched mint mark (S over S, 3 proven varieties)
1876  14 750 3%
1876  1 150 0.8% Proof
1876 CC 10 000 1.2% Most melted down at mint. 10-15 known to exist.
1877  510 0.8% Proof
1878  600 0.8% Proof

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