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    1875 Twenty Cent Piece, PR65 Cameo
    First Year of This Unusual Denomination

    1875 20C PR65 Cameo PCGS. BF-3. The twenty cent piece debuted in 1875 along with the Trade dollar, the only coinage designs executed by William Barber. Despite the plain edge and the raised letters in LIBERTY on the shield to aid the public in purportedly distinguishing between it and the quarter, the resultant confusion was widespread and the denomination a disastrous failure. Even though several coinage patterns were proposed that were quite dissimilar, the chosen design closely imitated the Seated quarter on obverse, the Trade dollar on reverse. The Mint optimistically coined 2,790 proofs of the 1875, but 590 remained on hand at the start of the following year. The fate of those coins, as well as of the 2,200 others, is unknown, but the proof mintages of other silver coins during the year, in the few hundreds, might indicate a considerable meltage of the issue. This Gem Cameo displays excellent contrast that appears on the cusp of Deep Cameo, with deep copper-gold patina on each side and a blue rim accent on the reverse. An excellent representative of the type. Population: 13 in 65 Cameo, 4 finer (7/19).
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2012), lot 5079.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II. (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27GZ, PCGS# 85303)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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