Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
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 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS obverse 1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

All but a few thousand of the nearly 20 million two-cent pieces coined during 1864 carried the enlarged motto IN GOD WE TRUST, and this became standard for the remainder of the series. The taller letters are similar in style to those appearing on the reverse.

This issue is very common in circulated grades and in the lower Mint State grades. Only in gem, fully red condition is this coin truly scarce.

This date is rich in die-punching varieties, with only a few of them listed in The Cherrypickers' Guide. A much more complete listing will be found in books by Frank Leone and Kevin Flynn. NGC will attribute the better of these under its VarietyPlus Service.

Perhaps the most unusual variety for this date features an reverse die that somehow clashed with the obverse of an Indian Head Cent! In all likelihood this resulted from mint workers toying with different dies in an attempt to contrive some fancy for sale to collectors, but it may have been simply an accident during the die set-up process.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS Brown
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Base $ 16.10 19.55 24.15 31.05 49.20 49.20 78.00 84.00 90.00 108 113 120 150 180 250 425 990 - - - -
$ 55.00 87.00 94.00 101 121 126 134 168 202 280 470 1090 - -
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 115 138 186 216 385 650 1600 4230 - - -
$ - - - - - 129 155 208 240 440 730 1750 4600 -
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 198 282 396 780 1630 5000 13650 - - -
$ - - - - - - 220 310 440 860 1790 6600 14700 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3724
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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2/5/2007 NGC MS 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 125, 130/Lot# 268 $112.70
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1871 $575.00
4/20/2008 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 2518, 2518/Lot# 1124 $179.20
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3160 $1,380.00
3/9/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 147504 $68.20
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30102 $4,112.50
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5381 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333679815120120520921622023730438152785613331799494585651
3332477115167202206211217225259329429636101514882847615185650
000000167202206211217225259329429636101514882847615100
000000184203207213218231281355478746117416433896735800
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333111212220223230237255320409551925161922686653120981
33333391442142212252322432763494566751156183537298468120980
000000144214221225232243276349456675115618353729846800
0000001782172222272342492983795038001387205151911028300
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333385143223272288366551106615582401426111276211101
333333330104169239277314427722123018393021659914554211100
00000033010416923927731442772212301839302165991455400
00000035712319625528234048989413942120364189371783200
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1619
Owner: Anonymous
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1619
Owner: RMSIMC
 
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