Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 13,640,000
Catalog: KM-94
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.22g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 2C MS obverse 1865 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of the two-cent piece remained high through 1865, as the Mint struggled to supplement the new bronze cents introduced the year before. This issue is common in all circulated grades and in the lower range of Mint State. Even gems are reasonably available, if one is not particular about having fully red coins.

This is another date that is rich in die-punching varieties, and NGC recognizes the best of these under its VarietyPlus Service. These varieties are divided among two date styles, the first featuring a Plain 5 (photo) and the other having a Fancy 5 with a sharply curved flag. These same date styles are repeated on the cents of this date.

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1865 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.25 19.75 26.00 32.00 50.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 110 115 130 165 200 285 550 1225 - - - -
$ 55.00 - - 100.00 - - - 175 220 310 600 - - -
1865 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 120 150 175 245 440 800 2300 4500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 170 190 265 475 1225 - - -
1865 2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 200 290 420 850 1800 5000 26000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 220 320 460 1150 2050 7350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2593
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/5/1998 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1012, 1012/Lot# 1121 $708.50
10/19/2004 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24104, 24104/Lot# 11325 $258.75
10/9/2006 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 108, 113/Lot# 260 $391.00
3/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 174949 $48.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1252 $2,300.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1253 $2,530.00
10/10/2014 NGC AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20070 $54.05
3/27/2016 PCGS Genuine UNC   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131614/Lot# 21356 $211.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base546381106131201237304320336395409450539620793120619072754493285371
576989114154213259309325356400423480566678931144021893480613485370
000000259309325356400423480566678931144021893480613400
0000002823153313754044365095937351068167324724206733500
1865 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7281981231472202553203513664094235025637151051150568436396693121741
758710613117123227733035638041444952261482712021505166946578520121740
0000002773303563804144495226148271202150516694657852000
00000029834136139541847654366493913541505265456751034700
1865 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021431632012553043513954264635175636208021021155823353817754311326212051
1161501762192713203664054384815325826818751200181728295059880414619212050
000000366405438481532582681875120018172829505988041461900
0000003804164514995486017419481379207633236301100651791200
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 3163
Owner: yosi
 
Grade: MS 64 RD
Points: 1817
Owner: Dordelli
 
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