1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece 

The 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece is a fascinating and historically significant coin that holds a unique place in American numismatics.  

Minted at the Carson City Mint in Nevada, this coin represents a short-lived denomination that was introduced by the United States Mint in 1875 and discontinued after only a few years. 

Designed by Chief Engraver William Barber, the obverse of the 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece features Liberty seated on a rock, with a Liberty cap on a pole in her left hand and a shield in her right hand.  

Thirteen stars represent the original colonies along the periphery, symbolizing unity and the nation's founding principles. 

The reverse design depicts an eagle perched on a bundle of arrows, with a small shield at its breast. A laurel wreath surrounds the eagle, and the denomination "20 CENTS" is inscribed below. 

The introduction of the Twenty Cent Piece was intended to facilitate commerce by providing a coin that could be used alongside the quarter dollar.  

However, the coin's similarity in size and appearance to the quarter led to confusion and rejection by the public, ultimately contributing to its short-lived production. 

The 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece is particularly noteworthy because of its minting at the Carson City Mint, known for producing coins with limited mintages and high-quality strikes. As a result, coins struck at the Carson City Mint, including the 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece, are highly sought after by collectors. 

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