This twenty-cent coin was designed by William Barber and authorized by the Act of March 3, 1875. Soon after the twenty-cent pieces were released into circulation, people complained about the likeness it had to the quarter dollar. Due to the public continuing to complain about the coin, the twenty-cent piece was not in circulation for very long. The United States made fractional currency notes to satisfied the public. The twenty-cent piece was really just a substitute for two dimes.