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 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS obverse 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This first issue of two-cent piece differs from the later style in several respects, but the most notable is the height of the letters in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Since the Small Motto was perfectly serviceable, it must be assumed that the letters were later enlarged to make them conform with those of the reverse.

The Small Motto variety of the 1864 two-cent piece is described as a prototype or pattern in some reference books, but the fact remains that several thousand coins were struck for general circulation using this obverse die. They are thus collected as part of the regular series. Examples are scarce in all grades, and Mint State survivors are quite rare.

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Last Updated: 5/11/2020

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1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 300 425 625 775 1050 1100 1175 1200 1350 1450 1525 1675 1975 2800 6000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1900 2250 3150 - - -
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1675 1875 2100 2250 4000 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3300 4800 - - -
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 5650 18000 76500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 6000 22500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 664
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base318504651161711102828216485161336----495
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--------------1--1----2
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Total318504651161711102828216485261337----497
 1%4%10%9%10%3%3%2%2%6%6%0%3%10%10%12%7%1%---- 
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------14515216----133
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---------------21-----3
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Total--------------14535316----136
 --------------10%39%39%12%---- 
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------13167----36
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----------------1-----1
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Total---------------13177----37
 ---------------35%46%19%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6207258911081123315581707177618211865194920292106226825252834317242904565111
6557809541132134116081730179118361893197620552160235426282947354543824565110
0000001730179118361893197620552160235426282947354543824565100
0000001753180618501921200220802214243927313059391744734565100
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6637749411138136316471707174217881821188621242233240126433324376547194935111
70083010071213145816671719175717991843196521602289248228703471408347914935110
0000001719175717991843196521602289248228703471408347914935100
0000001730177318101864204521972345256230973618440148634935100
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70574510591206152618251903192819772017210622682368261429363730650987069234111
71885011081313162618511911194419902047216023012450272132014656724188829234110
0000001911194419902047216023012450272132014656724188829234100
0000001920196120042076221423352532282934655583797490589234100
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 8706
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3172
Owner: JTO
 
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