Seated Liberty 20 Cents Patterns
1875 20C Twenty Cents, Judd-1413, Pollock-1556, High R.7

The obverse is similar to the regular Seated Liberty twenty cent piece, but the date is smaller and LIBERTY is incuse on the shield, rather than raised. The reverse is also similar to the adopted design, but the end leaves of the olive sprig overlap, and there are several other minor variations. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.

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1875 20C Twenty Cents, Judd-1407, Pollock-1550, Low R.6

The obverse is similar to the adopted die, but LIBERTY is incused rather than raised as on the regular issue coins. The reverse, however, is quite different, the famous 1/5 OF A DOLLAR design. Struck in silver with a plain edge. Probably just more than a dozen pieces are known in silver.

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1875 20C Twenty Cents, Judd-1411, Pollock-1554, Low R.7

The obverse is similar to the regular design, although LIBERTY is incused on the shield, much like other Seated Liberty pieces, rather than raised as on the regular issue twenty cent coins. The reverse is also nearly identical to the regular issue, although the leaves in the branch are slightly different, and the stars between the legend and denomination are smaller. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

The years 1874 and 1875 saw many pattern twenty cent pieces issued in anticipation of a large coinage of that denomination. In the ninth addition of Judd, Dave Bowers writes: "The year 1875 hosts a potpourri of pattern issues, some with true pattern intent (certain of the twenty-cent pieces may be in this category) and others created as numismatic delicacies, the latter including illogical varieties and mulings."

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1875 20C Twenty Cents, Judd-1412, Pollock-1555, R.6-7

This variety is nearly identical to the regular issue twenty cent piece. The only differences are incuse letters on the obverse and different positions of leaves and arrows on the reverse. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

In addition to the seven pieces recorded in Andrew Pollock's reference, there are probably a similar number of additional pieces known. Probably about 14 to 16 examples are known in all. Pattern twenty cent pieces were made in 1874, 1875, and 1876. In 1874 there were six varieties from two different designs, and in 1876 regular issue pieces were coined in copper. The big year for patterns of this denomination was 1875 with seven designs and a total of 24 varieties.

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1875 20C Twenty Cents, Judd-1408, Pollock-1551, Low R.7

The obverse is similar to the as-issued design, except the date is smaller and LIBERTY is incuse. The reverse features a wreath, and expresses the denomination with two different legends, TWENTY CENTS and 1/5 OF A DOLLAR. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

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