Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,546,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.2200g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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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: 4/3/2020

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1869 2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 24.00 40.00 40.00 75.00 130 130 145 160 175 185 240 285 335 700 1550 - - - -
$ 85.00 - - - - - - 250 310 450 850 - - -
1869 2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 200 220 250 340 625 1275 3800 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 275 375 700 1700 6500 - -
1869 2C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 240 335 600 1850 4200 15500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 265 360 750 2000 8000 19000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 581
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1869 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1411132562011103230-15374282214----364
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---------------1------1
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Total1411132562011103230-15374283214----365
 0%1%3%4%7%2%5%3%3%9%8%-4%10%12%23%6%1%---- 
1869 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1932766291---190
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---------------1------1
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Total------------1932776291---191
 ------------1%5%17%40%32%5%1%--- 
1869 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------15192----27
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Total--------------15192----27
 --------------4%19%70%7%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3759891151552553203954235025515866206748021036145021794276748611
4469981281882773454044495185635976387178801174169328785346748611
0000003454044495185635976387178801174169328785346748600
0000003704144765355746096567599581312193635776416748600
1869 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base508110212316327233642345052757562066372589113032268336555431025711
6088109136199293365432476543590634684780102816252634409171141025711
000000365432476543590634684780102816252634409171141025700
000000394441501559605649704836116619462999481786861025700
1869 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7289143194237304409450489563597663705882127122683447616980481536211
7810716020825933942346351457461967776410121603266143546795104861536211
00000042346351457461967776410121603266143546795104861536200
00000043647653858664169182311411936305452627422129241536200
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 3447
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2179
Owner: JTO
 
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