Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 861,250
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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1870 2C MS obverse 1870 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of two-cent pieces fell to just over half of what it had been in 1869, and 1870 is thus the first of four scarce dates in a row that close out this short-lived series. Examples are scarce in all grades, with Mint State survivors being especially elusive.

A smaller production meant fewer dies and thus fewer varieties. Most are too minor to carry a premium, but the doubled motto IN GOD WE TRUST has its fans.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1870 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 25.00 35.00 58.00 120 175 190 225 255 295 325 390 510 975 1900 - - - -
$ 135 - - 235 265 - 340 425 600 - - - -
1870 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 320 365 485 1000 2300 4050 - - - -
$ - - - - - 335 390 535 1100 - - - -
1870 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 400 600 1500 3750 7300 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 5200 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 365
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Brown Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1469 $230.00
2/19/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA US Coin Online Session #431, 431/Lot# 7423 $862.50
2/25/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 457, 463/Lot# 7117 $690.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8012 $1,495.00
12/8/2011 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7515 $322.00
11/27/2012 PCGS VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 3389, 3389/Lot# 1050 $76.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 619 $425.50
3/31/2013 PCGS VF 35   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 96745 $93.50
4/26/2015 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131518/Lot# 21369 $205.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333102194241288357401463502515539563620102115214652805011
33336132209256311371421476506523547582753118725645784805010
000000256311371421476506523547582753118725645784805000
000000272334386442489510531555601887135436086917805000
1870 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331633043724154775155275637258911239190766771229811
333335621032638643548951953961778010071461349785501229810
00000021032638643548951953961778010071461349785501229800
000000257349400456502523551671835112316845087104241229800
1870 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333319430444552753965390813931886267192461756411
3333333662303514725315777381069155721474862120181756410
0000003662303514725315777381069155721474862120181756400
00000031302673984995356158231231172124097054147911756400
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1461
Owner: Dordelli
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 891
Owner: RED-MAN
 
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