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    1877 Twenty Cent, PR66
    Richly Patinated, Proof-Only Issue

    1877 20C PR66 PCGS. BF-1, R.3. Intermingled shades of royal-blue, purple, and golden-orange paint the surfaces. The fully struck relief elements show a slight trace of mint frost, but the rich toning prevents noteworthy field-device contrast. A handful of small marks are barely visible without the aid of a glass.

    Variety: BF-1, R.3. The right side of the 1 in the date is positioned under the shield point. A horizontal die line occurs within Liberty's skirt. The two leaves above N in CENTS show weak stems.

    Population Data (3/15): PCGS reports 13 submissions in PR66 with none finer, while NGC shows 20 PR66 (one PR66 ) and three PR67 (all non-Cameo) finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Production of regular-issue twenty cent pieces ceased in 1876. The coins proved too close in size to the quarter dollars already in circulation, causing much confusion among the public. A bill to withdraw the denomination was introduced to Congress in July 1876. Two proof-only issues were coined in 1877 and 1878 for sale to collectors before the denomination was formally abolished in May 1878. The 1877 is the scarcer of two issues, having a mintage of just 510 proofs.

    Provenance: Stack's (5/1997), lot 499.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 27H4, PCGS# 5305)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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