Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,177,000
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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1866 2C MS obverse 1866 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The introduction of a copper-nickel three-cent piece in 1865 reduced the urgent demand for minor coins, and the production of both cents and two-cent pieces dropped in 1866. This diminished production would prove to be the norm for the deuce over the next several years, until it was retired altogether in 1873.

The 1866 two-cent piece is common in circulated grades, but it is moderately scarce in Mint State. Gems are very elusive, with fully red examples being truly rare.

Only very minor varieties are known for this date, and these are not of general interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1866 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.10 19.55 24.15 31.05 49.20 49.20 78.00 82.80 91.20 108 113 120 150 192 275 520 1010 - - - -
$ 55.00 87.00 93.00 102 121 126 134 168 215 300 570 1110 - -
1866 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 118 144 174 252 475 800 1950 - - - -
$ - - - - - 132 161 195 280 520 880 2150 - -
1866 2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 192 282 450 940 3210 7180 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 215 310 500 1030 3500 7800 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 488
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
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(5), 1208/Lot# 7205


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5/7/1997 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0943, 943/Lot# 1165 $327.00
8/30/2000 NGC MS 60   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20091, 20091/Lot# 1063 $57.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 78 $575.00
9/10/2007 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 176, 182/Lot# 99 $373.75
1/24/2012 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8361 $345.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3258 $2,645.00
10/20/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131344/Lot# 20034 $235.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 61   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144804 $133.11


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333729815120120520921622023730440955195814381928531692271
3332680115167202206211217225259339456686111816013057661992270
000000167202206211217225259339456686111816013057661900
000000184203207213218231281374503822127817644186792300
1866 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331112122202232302372553364375751103179924647319133341
33333391442142212252322432823694837511335202040829324133340
000000144214221225232243282369483751133520204082932400
0000001782172222272342493094035299271567224257001132900
1866 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333385143223272288395586112416832510437511811221131
333333330104169239277323458765131019583131685315245221130
00000033010416923927732345876513101958313168531524500
00000035712319625528235952294414962234375393321867900
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1103
Owner: 100caps
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1103
Owner: njf
 
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