Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.2200g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS obverse 1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

All but a few thousand of the nearly 20 million two-cent pieces coined during 1864 carried the enlarged motto IN GOD WE TRUST, and this became standard for the remainder of the series. The taller letters are similar in style to those appearing on the reverse.

This issue is very common in circulated grades and in the lower Mint State grades. Only in gem, fully red condition is this coin truly scarce.

This date is rich in die-punching varieties, with only a few of them listed in The Cherrypickers' Guide. A much more complete listing will be found in books by Frank Leone and Kevin Flynn. NGC will attribute the better of these under its VarietyPlus Service.

Perhaps the most unusual variety for this date features an reverse die that somehow clashed with the obverse of an Indian Head Cent! In all likelihood this resulted from mint workers toying with different dies in an attempt to contrive some fancy for sale to collectors, but it may have been simply an accident during the die set-up process.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/9/2020

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1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 55.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 110 120 125 150 195 260 425 1200 7750 - - -
$ 60.00 - - 100.00 115 - - - 215 290 550 1400 - -
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 120 140 170 235 340 600 1300 7000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 155 200 250 435 700 2000 - -
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 200 290 400 600 1100 3100 21500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 220 310 440 875 1550 6250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4400
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11324956895175437016121858132048549825634----2534
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---------------213----6
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Total11324956895175437016121858132048550025737----2540
 0%1%2%2%4%2%3%2%3%6%9%0%3%13%19%20%10%1%---- 
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------340216619600984---1580
-----------------1----1
--------------1342----10
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Total------------3402176226041014---1591
 ------------0%3%14%39%38%6%0%--- 
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------118108120453---286
----------------1-----1
---------------21-----3
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Total------------118110122453---290
 ------------0%0%3%38%42%16%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base456381102131201237304320336395409437539597774106618862355515886011
516988112154213259309325356400418471558656871133920423289630686011
000000259309325356400418471558656871133920423289630600
000000282315331375404428505578715969161321994224745300
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67811021231552372723363513813954234775976959661393219735456820121781
728810913418224929334136138640444151763078511081661264646378606121781
0000002933413613864044415176307851108166126464637860600
00000031534637139041445955766287612511929309657281039200
1864 LARGE MOTTO 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8189111143183272304366409437502563620793990150523023506737411294211191
84961221562132833253804184595225826788591162177127034795868114569211191
000000325380418459522582678859116217712703479586811456900
000000345395428480543601735924133320363105608599871784400
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Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 2646
Owner: MIKES COIN ISLAND
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 2302
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
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