1875 PATTERN TWENTY CENTS
Judd 1407 = Pollock 1550 =
Obverse: William Barber
Reverse: William Barber
Rarity: Very Rare
Metal content: Silver
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 Superior
PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated
above). Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3,
2000, Lot 4427, where it was described as follows: "Judd-1407,
Pollock-1550. Silver. Plain Edge. With lovely deep golden brown to
splashes of blue, both sides choice and blemish-free. Similar to the
regular obverse but the date is smaller; reverse has 1/5 OF A DOLLAR
in a laurel wreath."
Pattern, Experimental And Trial Pieces" by J. Hewitt Judd, M.D.
Patterns And Related Issues" by Andrew W. Pollock III