Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1875 Sailor Head Twenty Cent in Silver
    Judd-1392, PR67
    Ex: Newman

    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 silver.

    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.

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    15th Friday
    Auction Dates
    3rd-8th Wednesday-Monday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    79 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 82
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.
    Track Item