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