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THE U.S. TWENTY-CENT COIN VALUES AND HISTORY

Updated on July 31, 2012
This is the basic design of the twenty-cent coin.
This is the basic design of the twenty-cent coin. | Source

The twenty-cent coin was produced by the United States Mint from 1875-1878. The twenty-cent coin only ran for 4 years. It was made out of 90% silver. The main reason the twenty-cent coin was produced was to increase exports outside of the United States of America. The coin was only produced in circulation strikes for 1875 and 1876. In 1877 and 1878, there were only proofs made. It closely looked like a quarter and it really wasn't needed like first thought. Due to this fact, the coin was only produced in circulation strikes in 1875 and 1876. In 1878, the last proofs were made and the coin was never produced again.

The twenty-cent coin had a design of a seated "Liberty" on the front of the coin. Thirteen stars are centered along the top rim, which represent the 13 Original Colonies, The date is centered at the bottom of the obverse. The reverse side of the coin has an eagle with spread wings. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is centered on the top of the coin. "TWENTY CENTS" is centered on the bottom of the reverse. This was the basic design of the twenty-cent coin.

This is the obverse side of the 1875 "Liberty At The Seashore Coin".
This is the obverse side of the 1875 "Liberty At The Seashore Coin". | Source
This is the reverse side of the 1875 "Liberty At The Seashore Coin".
This is the reverse side of the 1875 "Liberty At The Seashore Coin". | Source


There were several designs made for the twenty-cent coin. The most famous is the 1875 "Liberty At The Seashore". On this coin, the smoke stack on the ship appears to blow in one direction and the sails appear to blow the opposite way. Experts believe that the wind appears to blow in two different directions, but they believe that it is just a minting error on the coin.

The twenty-cent coin was one of the shortest running series in minting history in the United States of America. The obverse design of the twenty-cent coin was designed by Christian Gobrecht. The reverse side of the coin was designed by William Barber. The twenty-cent coin was minted in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City. The San Francisco Mint has a "S" mint mark, Carson City is marked "CC", and Philadelphia coins have no mint mark.


The twenty-cent coins have high values, but are very rare to find these days. If you do find one, you are going to pay a hefty price. The rarest of the coins is the 1876CC. There were only 10,000 of these coins produced. Most of these have been melted down over the years for the silver content. In 2009, one of these coins sold for $460,000 at an auction.

The value of your coins depend on the rarity and condition of the coin. The better the coin appears, the more value it has. Your coins are priced on grades. The higher the grade you coin gets, the more it is worth. You can check out the value chart below to find the value of your twenty-cent coin.

VALUES AND PRODUCTION

DATE 
VALUE 
PRODUCED 
1875 
150.00 
37,000 
1875-S 
210.38 
1,155,000 
1875-CC 
78.01 
133,270 
1876
164.30
74,640
1876-CC
21,956.00
10,000
1877
1,794.36
300(proofs)
1888
1,409,57
600(proofs)

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      Blackspaniel1 3 years ago

      I am aware of only one design actually being used. Were the others test strikes?

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Joe, thanks for the visit brother. First, an absoluetly great find. This year saw a little over a million struck, but it still a rare coin. As long as you have a clear date, it should still be worth a few hundred dollars. These coins are highly sought for as well. A collector or auction might bring you a little more. Without seeing it I am guessing, but with your info, I would say between $200-$250.

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      joedawg1987 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I work as a bank teller and have recently aquired a 1875 S Twenty cent piece...its in extremely rough condition though, can read everything except "Cents" on the back after "Twenty"...Any idea what this should go for..i know its not G4 since you cant read everything, but still a rare coin.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Sueswan, you are such a dear. What more can I say then thank you for everything. Your time is appreciated and I will return the call. Just got home so sorry for the late reply.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      I am impressed with your knowledge of coins.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you so much Randomcreative. I do appreciate your input. I am trying to cover all the worlds coin in time I hope. Thanks and have a good weekend.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love this series of hubs that you've been doing about coins. This is a great resource for collectors and enthusiasts!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      LuxmiH, thanks for coming by dear. Just came home from work. I appreciate your comment. It is good to meet a coin collector on here. Glad you liked it.

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 6 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      Thanks for this, I had no clue that such a coin existed. I too am a coin collector so I really enjoy your Hubs

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there pal. I haven't heard of it either Mentalist until the beginning of this year. They are hard to get a hold of unless you willing to throw some big bucks down for them.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      This 20 Cent Piece Takes Me By Surprise! I've never heard of this covert coin...thanks for sharing.;)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Prasetio my brother, hope all is well. I really do enjoy sharing all my knowledge about coins. It is great to hopefully inspire others to begin a collection. You have a good one as well.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this information. Thanks for always dedicate your self in sharing useful information about coin and the history behind coin as well. I love the video above. Keep on good work. Vote up and have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you so much Gypsy. I appreciate you coming by and your time. Your comments are always welcome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another worthy and interesting hub.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Cre8ivOne, thanks for coming by and checking it out. They are a unique coin to have. I wish I had one, but I don't either.

      Tammy, thank you as well for coming by and your time as well. Glad you found it interesting.

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      Tammy Frost 6 years ago from Oregon

      Great Job...This was an interesting hub.

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      cre8ivOne 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Really awesome and interesting hub! I collect coins, but I don't have one of these!

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