Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,177,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.2200g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1866 2C MS obverse 1866 2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The introduction of a copper-nickel three-cent piece in 1865 reduced the urgent demand for minor coins, and the production of both cents and two-cent pieces dropped in 1866. This diminished production would prove to be the norm for the deuce over the next several years, until it was retired altogether in 1873.

The 1866 two-cent piece is common in circulated grades, but it is moderately scarce in Mint State. Gems are very elusive, with fully red examples being truly rare.

Only very minor varieties are known for this date, and these are not of general interest.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1866 2C MS BN
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Base $ 16.00 20.00 28.00 35.00 60.00 90.00 100.00 105 110 115 125 165 200 250 535 1100 - - - -
$ 65.00 - - - - - 135 175 220 315 675 - - -
1866 2C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 120 150 185 270 495 735 2900 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 165 205 300 550 1000 3500 - -
1866 2C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 210 300 500 800 2300 10000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 225 330 500 1750 3500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 590
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1866 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5915267251210303619465166325----385
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Total-5915267251210303619465166325----385
 -1%2%4%7%2%6%3%3%8%9%0%2%12%13%17%8%1%---- 
1866 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------122871708----180
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--------------1-3-----4
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Total------------122971738----184
 ------------1%1%16%39%40%4%---- 
1866 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1177----25
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----------------1-----1
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Total---------------1187----26
 ---------------4%69%27%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base376381102131201255320336351395409437539620793129619284499531692271
466988112154219277325341366400418471566678961150727854771662092270
000000277325341366400418471566678961150727854771662000
0000002983313463804044285055937351128171736425044792300
1866 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72819812314322028832033636040942350258675411241609298541417319133341
758710613016924329932534437641444953064287712862068337052009324133340
0000002993253443764144495306428771286206833705200932400
000000309331352393418476558698100114472526375662601132900
1866 2C MS RD
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Base89811021312202553043203514235396096428201066165828605417763011811221131
89881121612322713093303754625626207019021263205937126155902415245221130
000000309330375462562620701902126320593712615590241524500
0000003153413995005866317619841461245945656892104171867900
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1609
Owner: 100caps
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1609
Owner: JTO
 
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