|Twenty Cent pieces were only minted for a total of four years, 1875 to 1878. The final two years of which, 1877 and 1878, were issued in proof only by the Philadelphia Mint with relatively low mintages. Here is an 1878 Proof Twenty Cent Piece which has been graded PR64 by PCGS and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. With a mintage of only 600 coins, the 1878 proof twenty cent is a scarce coin in any grade. The obverse is a medium to dark grey and purple color for the most part, but there are hints of lighter blue and green colors when viewed under magnification. There is also some very light spotting across the obverse and what appears to be a light fingerprint in the right field, likely limiting the grade of this piece as there are otherwise no marks or hits of note. The reverse is quite attractive with a fairly even medium grey and purple color. The eagle on the reverse also shows considerable cameo frost which further adds to the eye appeal. As a proof coin, the surfaces are quite reflective making accurate photography especially difficult. For that reason, I have included several photos with different lighting as well as a short video of this coin. A decent overall proof example of the low mintage final year twenty cent piece.
Because of the difficulty in capturing the overall look of the coin in a single image, I have also included a short high-definition video of the coin towards the bottom of this listing in an attempt to give you a better idea of what this coin will look like in hand. Please note that you may need to adjust the video quality to 1080p and may need to increase the size of the video to full screen in order to see the coin in maximum detail.