1875 PATTERN TWENTY CENTS
Judd 1404 = Pollock 1547 =
Obverse: William Barber
Reverse: William Barber
Rarity: Very Rare
Metal content: Copper
Patterns for a Twenty
Cents coin were first proposed in 1874, in response to a request from
Western states, whose populace held non-silver coins in disdain yet
complained that they did not have enough coins to make small
change! The new denomination was authorized by the Act of March 3,
1875 and production began on May 19, 1875.
All the pattern designs of
1875 were created by William Barber, who adopted a nautical theme for
the year. His "Sailor Head" design (Judd 1392-1395) lost
out to the Seated Liberty design, which matched stylistically the coins
already being produced by the Mint.
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins
& Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part
1, February 18-20, 2001
Pollock recorded six weights ranging from 55.2-61.9 grains, two
diameters of .86 inches, and he noted that all the examples seen by
him had a 180 degree die alignment.
Judd called the
obverse "Liberty at the Seashore."
The reverse of this
Pattern was also used on 1874 Pattern Twenty Cents (Judd 1357 and
Pattern, Experimental And Trial Pieces" by J. Hewitt Judd, M.D.
Patterns And Related Issues" by Andrew W. Pollock III