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1875 Sailor Head Twenty Cent in Silver
1875 20C Sailor Head Twenty Cents, Judd-1392, Pollock-1535, R.6,
PR67 PCGS. Ex: Newman-Simpson. Designed by William Barber and
nicknamed the Sailor Head design. A coronet inscribed LIBERTY
adorns a head of Liberty, her hair tied back with a ribbon. The
reverse has a shield with 20 and the word CENTS at the lower
border. Arrows, leaves, and a glory of rays embellish the shield
with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. Struck in silver with a plain
edge. This "Sailor Head" design is nearly identical to that seen on
certain 1875 half eagle and eagle patterns, dollar patterns from
1876, and some dimes, quarters, and half dollars from 1877. These
popular twenty cent patterns were struck in silver, copper,
aluminum, and nickel. Over a dozen pieces are believed known in
Both grading services combined have certified a total of 32 examples of this pattern, a number that obviously contains a high number of resubmissions and crossovers. This coin is a case in point, as it was formerly certified PR67+ by NGC and is now graded PR67 by PCGS (4/20). It is clearly the finest known example. Each side of this spectacular Superb Gem is virtually perfect. The margins are mostly deep blue, while the centers exhibit deep rose patina. All of the design elements are fully struck up on each side, and we do not see any abrasions of note. This coin is pictured on PCGS CoinFacts. Population: 1 in 67, 0 finer (4/20).
Ex: Eric P. Newman Collection, Part I (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 4005.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26WR, Variety PCGS# 400347, Base PCGS# 61699)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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