Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,847,500
Catalog: KM-94
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.22 Grams
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS obverse 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This first issue of two-cent piece differs from the later style in several respects, but the most notable is the height of the letters in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Since the Small Motto was perfectly serviceable, it must be assumed that the letters were later enlarged to make them conform with those of the reverse.

The Small Motto variety of the 1864 two-cent piece is described as a prototype or pattern in some reference books, but the fact remains that several thousand coins were struck for general circulation using this obverse die. They are thus collected as part of the regular series. Examples are scarce in all grades, and Mint State survivors are quite rare.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 150 288 360 570 780 780 840 870 900 990 1020 1060 1380 1770 2280 3250 5040 - - - -
$ 860 920 960 990 1090 1120 1170 1520 1950 2510 3500 5400 - -
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1050 1110 1470 1980 3440 4250 6180 - - - -
$ - - - - - 1160 1220 1620 2180 3700 4600 6700 - -
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1290 1560 2250 3780 13130 25000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 1420 1720 2480 4100 14200 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 563
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3189
8/9/2014 MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3190


Auction Prices Realized

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10/20/1999 NGC MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 1225, 1225/Lot# 1126 $1,134.00
5/22/2008 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 247, 253/Lot# 5387 $7,762.50
9/14/2008 NGC F 12   Brown Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 744 $276.00
3/8/2012 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3134 $4,025.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6755 $795.48
5/26/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 117687 $2,378.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3502798925119314501505153715781609166817251762200923152665316737761111
1696008401014127814681515155015881628168717371844211124312832337037761110
0000001515155015881628168717371844211124312832337037761100
0000001526156415981648170617491926221325482999357337761100
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35939251066136316471707174217881821188617531808207924513154366141721111
1997039721165145716671718175717991842188617711898220326853323383141721110
0000001718175717991842188617711898220326853323383141721100
0000001730177218101864188617891988232729193492400141721100
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base667410391193151518211886192419732009207919801961216926143307557471681111
22879510901300161718421898194019852032207919802030231728454062610571681110
0000001898194019852032207919802030231728454062610571681100
0000001911195619972055207919802099246530764818663671681100
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 7168
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3167
Owner: JTO
 
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