Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 65,000
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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1872 2C MS obverse 1872 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Among two-cent pieces struck for circulation, the 1872 edition is second to none in overall rarity. It may presumed that at least some of the 65,000 pieces coined remained in vaults when this denomination was legislated out of existence the following year and thus succumbed to the melting pot. Examples in any grade are prized, and gems are all but non-existant.

Though the doubled-die obverse variety is appealing, the high value of any 1872 two-cent piece nearly eliminates the variety premium.

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Price Guide

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1872 2C MS Brown
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1872 2C MS Red Brown
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1872 2C MS Red
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 307
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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6/7/2015 XF 40  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7206
6/7/2015 MS 65  Red Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3794


Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 979 $2,645.00
10/1/2006 PCGS XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 2267, 2267/Lot# 1083 $868.00
10/4/2007 NGC F 12   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 183, 189/Lot# 5243 $517.50
5/30/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1214 $672.00
8/11/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 8454 $690.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 66   Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8014 $7,475.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3279 $11,500.00
12/8/2011 PCGS G 6   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7520 $373.75
12/16/2012 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 88702 $1,047.20
1/9/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3249 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333362082094910661144119312641309132714501609170722682960105011775511
33320868686398810921160121612791315136815031641189424985473129191775510
00000098810921160121612791315136815031641189424985473129191775500
000000102711181176124012941321140915561674208127297987153371775500
1872 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333369510951168121612841327134515051707207224143238137712510811
3333323382811191184123812981333139815721828218626886749175502510810
00000082811191184123812981333139815721828218626886749175502510800
000000961114312001261131213391451163919502300296310260213292510800
1872 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333371511241198124613141357170721242464286032384141183713361011
3333324085111481214126813281473184622372596298635398884234503361010
00000085111481214126813281473184622372596298635398884234503361000
000000987117312301291134215901985235027283112384013627285303361000
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2960
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 2072
Owner: Penny Guy
 
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