Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 861,250
Catalog: KM-94
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.22 Grams
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 2C MS obverse 1870 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of two-cent pieces fell to just over half of what it had been in 1869, and 1870 is thus the first of four scarce dates in a row that close out this short-lived series. Examples are scarce in all grades, with Mint State survivors being especially elusive.

A smaller production meant fewer dies and thus fewer varieties. Most are too minor to carry a premium, but the doubled motto IN GOD WE TRUST has its fans.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1870 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.40 23.00 33.35 55.20 110 110 156 168 192 240 252 276 300 402 475 840 1240 - - - -
$ 124 175 188 215 260 280 300 330 440 520 920 1360 - -
1870 2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 264 300 342 480 920 1340 1920 - - - -
$ - - - - - 290 330 380 530 1010 1470 2110 - -
1870 2C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 336 420 900 2910 6600 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 370 460 990 3100 9500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 349
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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5/1/2003 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 5582 $977.50
12/4/2007 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 December Dallas, TX US Coin Final Session #371, 371/Lot# 67129 $402.50
2/28/2012 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1755 $517.50
9/5/2012 PCGS VF 20   Brown Teletrade Auction 3342, 3342/Lot# 1240 $65.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 619 $425.50
10/20/2013 PCGS VF 35   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 752 $85.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3651 $4,700.00
3/30/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164885 $368.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333102194241288357401463502515539563620102115214652805011
33336132209256311371421476506523547582753118725645784805010
000000256311371421476506523547582753118725645784805000
000000272334386442489510531555601887135436086917805000
1870 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331633043724154775155275637258911239190766771229811
333335621032638643548951953961778010071461349785501229810
00000021032638643548951953961778010071461349785501229800
000000257349400456502523551671835112316845087104241229800
1870 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333319430444552753965390813931886267192461756411
3333333662303514725315777381069155721474862120181756410
0000003662303514725315777381069155721474862120181756400
00000031302673984995356158231231172124097054147911756400
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1461
Owner: Dordelli
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 891
Owner: RED-MAN
 
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