Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,546,500
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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1869 2C MS obverse 1869 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The success of the nickel three-cent and five-cent pieces severely reduced the demand for addition two-cent pieces, and its mintage fell rapidly after 1868. This date is moderately scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State. Gems are elusive, those having full red color being truly rare.

The varieties of this date follow the pattern of 1868 in that most are minor. A few, however, have somewhat greater appeal and are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1869 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.25 20.70 27.60 36.80 60.00 60.00 102 113 132 156 162 168 204 270 400 550 1040 - - - -
$ 67.00 114 126 148 175 181 188 220 300 440 610 1140 - -
1869 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 168 180 216 330 600 960 2020 - - - -
$ - - - - - 188 202 240 360 660 1060 2220 - -
1869 2C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 210 330 570 1470 3610 11150 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 230 360 630 1620 3900 12000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 497
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/22/1999 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Milwaukee (CSNS) #200, 200/Lot# 5619 $1,207.50
5/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 415 $403.00
9/11/2008 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 282, 288/Lot# 5153 $161.00
8/15/2010 PCGS AU 50   Brown Teletrade Auction 2906, 2906/Lot# 1183 $138.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6766 $528.75
2/24/2013 NGC MS 62   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131310/Lot# 22044 $188.00
8/31/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 182032 $96.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333376123183237268288317336351409437597100514944276748611
3332791143201247274297323341370418490733116824215346748610
000000201247274297323341370418490733116824215346748600
000000219257281307329346389427543869133133486416748600
1869 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331312512823013303513664184896421088187355431025711
33333451712612883103373563834415407901349309671141025710
0000001712612883103373563834415407901349309671141025700
0000002112712943203443614004655919391611431986851025700
1869 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333312320130436638143766311861790258580481536211
333333343149235324371399512837138720554406104861536210
000000343149235324371399512837138720554406104861536200
0000003831752693453764185871011158823206227129241536200
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1790
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 642
Owner: silvervet
 
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