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
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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: 6/26/2015

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1866 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 16.25 19.75 24.50 32.00 50.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 110 125 165 200 285 620 1250 - - - -
$ 55.00 - - - - 135 175 220 310 675 - - -
1866 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 150 185 265 490 900 2950 - - - -
$ - - - - - 165 205 290 550 1000 - - -
1866 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 210 300 450 950 2700 11250 - - - -
$ - - - - - 225 330 500 1750 4000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 513
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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4/2/2000 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1290, 1290/Lot# 1110 $130.80
6/27/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 290 $357.65
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1552 $862.50
9/22/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 8588 $690.00
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7307 $402.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 708 $609.50
3/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102845 $265.71
3/16/2014 PCGS Genuine G   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 178328 $17.00
8/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21144 $64.63


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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