The Twenty-Cent piece features William Barber's copy of Christian Gobrecht's Liberty Seated obverse used on the dimes, quarters and half dollars of the same years, but with 'LIBERTY' in raised letters across the shield. The obverse depicts Liberty seated on a rock, a shield with 'LIBERTY' written accross it in her right hand and a staff with a Liberty cap in her left hand; the date written below her. Liberty is surrounded by 13 stars. The reverse features an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows in it's talons. Surrounding the eagle is the legend 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA' and below the eagle is the denomination 'TWENTY CENTS'.
The look and size of the coin proved to be too similar to the silver quarter in circulation at the time and the public had trouble telling the two coins apart. In the coins first year, more than one million pieces were struck. Far fewer were struck the second year and only proofs were produced the last two years of production.