Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,177,000
Catalog: KM-94
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.22g
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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1866 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.25 19.75 24.50 32.00 50.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 110 115 125 165 200 285 620 1250 - - - -
$ 55.00 - - - - - 135 175 220 310 675 - - -
1866 2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 120 150 185 265 490 900 2950 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 165 205 290 550 1000 - - -
1866 2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 210 300 450 950 2700 11250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 225 330 500 1750 4000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 533
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 204 $172.50
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 78 $575.00
11/23/2008 NGC MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 2616, 2616/Lot# 1209 $126.50
2/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 7219 $299.00
3/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102845 $265.71
5/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231420/Lot# 62012 $193.88
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1233 $1,997.50
9/7/2014 PCGS G 6   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217953 $5.00


NGC Registry

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