Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,546,500
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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1869 2C MS obverse 1869 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The success of the nickel three-cent and five-cent pieces severely reduced the demand for addition two-cent pieces, and its mintage fell rapidly after 1868. This date is moderately scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State. Gems are elusive, those having full red color being truly rare.

The varieties of this date follow the pattern of 1868 in that most are minor. A few, however, have somewhat greater appeal and are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1869 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 22.00 28.00 38.00 65.00 110 120 150 170 185 200 225 290 430 750 1575 - - - -
$ 72.00 - - - - - - 240 325 480 - - - -
1869 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 200 220 250 340 625 1700 3800 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 275 365 700 2150 - - -
1869 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 240 335 600 1700 4000 15500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 265 360 750 2000 8000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 524
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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10/1/2003 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1787, 1787/Lot# 1120 $286.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 415 $403.00
1/8/2007 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 121, 126/Lot# 371 $2,185.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7494 $517.50
10/18/2012 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7662 $352.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3649 $15,275.00
8/31/2014 NGC XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 182031 $132.00
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32616 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3759891151552553203954235025515866206748021036145021794276748611
4469981281882773454044495185635976387178801174169328785346748610
0000003454044495185635976387178801174169328785346748600
0000003704144765355746096567599581312193635776416748600
1869 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base508110212316327233642345052757562066372589113032268336555431025711
6088109136199293365432476543590634684780102816252634409171141025710
000000365432476543590634684780102816252634409171141025700
000000394441501559605649704836116619462999481786861025700
1869 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7289143194237304409450489563597663705882127122683447616980481536211
7810716020825933942346351457461967776410121603266143546795104861536210
00000042346351457461967776410121603266143546795104861536200
00000043647653858664169182311411936305452627422129241536200
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 3447
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1303
Owner: silvervet
 
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