Seated Liberty Twenty Cent (1875 – 1878)

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History

The Seated Liberty Twenty-Cent piece was authorized by the Act of 1875. Almost immediately complaints surrounded the similarity of design and size to the quarter dollar already in circulation. As a result, this series lasted only four years, from 1875 to 1878. The Seated Liberty twenty-cent pieces were minted in the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carson City mints. Just like the Seated Liberty quarter dollar, the obverse of the coin displays an image of Lady Liberty in a seated position, (hence the name), on top of a rock. In her left hand is a pole with a Phrygian cap on top. Her right hand is on top of a shield with a banner that says “Liberty”. Thirteen stars surround the image of Liberty to signify the original thirteen colonies. The date of mintage is displayed beneath Liberty at the bottom of the coin. The reverse of the coin borrowed its design from the Trade Dollar of the same period. It displays an eagle with wings outspread clutching arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The mintmark is situated below the eagle. Above the eagle are the words, “United States Of America” and the denomination is displayed as, “Twenty Cents”, and appears at the bottom of the coin. The Seated Liberty twenty-cent piece weighs 5 grams and is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. The diameter of the coin is 22 mm.

While the twenty-cent pieces were unpopular at the time of their circulation, they have become popular with coin collectors today. This is due in part because it is a very short series so collecting examples of each year is not an unreasonable undertaking. In addition, as the only twenty-cent piece ever minted by the United States, it is interesting for collectors of obsolete coinage. Finally, since the period in which they circulated coincided with the nation’s westward expansion, and at least some were minted in Carson City, these coins have the feel of the “Old West” and the romance that the period invokes. Although a somewhat rare coin, common date examples in just good condition can be obtained from between $100 and $200. In mint state however these same coins soar to well over $1,000. Proof examples are also known and fetch prices into the several thousands of dollars. The Carson City minted coins are especially desirable and costly. Mint state examples from this branch mint average over $3,000 for the 1875 CC, but have reached well over $500,000 for a gem mint example of the 1876 CC.

Value

Because there are so many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

We Buy Seated Liberty Twenty-Cent Pieces

We want to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for your coins, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.