Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,803,750
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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1868 2C MS obverse 1868 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a mintage figure comparable to those of 1866 and 1867, this date is noticeably more scarce in Mint State and genuinely rare in fully red gem condition. Given that the coining of this denomination fell so much the following year, it's possible that not all of this date were distributed. Some may have remained in vaults when the order came in 1873 to destroy existing stocks.

Varieties for this date are numerous but nearly all quite minor. Perhaps the most distinctive is a misplaced date die on which the top of an 8 or 6 is seen within the denticles below the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/1/2015

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1868 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 20.00 26.00 34.00 57.00 90.00 100.00 110 135 160 185 240 360 700 1300 - - - -
$ 65.00 - - 115 140 170 200 260 400 - - - -
1868 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 175 230 350 550 1250 3500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 190 250 385 585 1400 - - -
1868 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 350 625 1450 6050 12250 - - - -
$ - - - - - 250 380 700 2450 7100 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 556
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24091, 24091/Lot# 13177 $497.95
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2465 $414.00
2/18/2010 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 455, 461/Lot# 7059 $465.75
6/1/2011 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7517 $437.00
11/15/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3173, 3173/Lot# 1067 $17.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1750 $2,012.50
7/6/2014 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 182030 $127.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33337211117122725828231433635140943757598214774218739411
3332685131189237266292321341370418483710114723905276739410
000000189237266292321341370418483710114723905276739400
000000208247274303328346389427529846131233046335739400
1868 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331232372722953303513664184775971066184354051000011
33333431612482793063373563834375177531325303069361000010
0000001612482793063373563834375177531325303069361000000
0000001992602873183443614004575579091584421784681000000
1868 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333312320130436638143764211591753255579151510511
333333343149235324371399505814135720204341103111510510
000000343149235324371399505814135720204341103111510500
000000383175269345376418573986155522876128127081510500
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 597
Owner: mtayl03
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 597
Owner: RGT
 
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