Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 721,250
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.2200g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1871 2C MS obverse 1871 2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a slightly smaller mintage, this issue is nevertheless comparable in overall rarity to the 1870 edition. Scarce in all grades, gems having red color are quite rare.

A bold repunched date and a doubled-die obverse constitute the collectable varieties for this date. Lesser varieties exist, but they are of little note.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2020

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1871 2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 40.00 45.00 85.00 155 200 215 230 275 300 320 375 410 600 800 2200 - - - -
$ 165 - - 255 - - 330 400 485 670 1400 - - -
1871 2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 310 350 450 575 875 1550 4600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 375 485 650 975 2200 - - -
1871 2C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 425 575 835 1800 6850 35000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2500 10000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 642
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 12/1/2020 1871 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base18102533192717173437-19486676302----469
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--------------11------2
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Total18102533192717173437-19486777302----471
 0%2%2%5%7%4%6%4%4%7%8%-4%10%14%16%6%0%---- 
1871 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--4275954101---156
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---------------2------2
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Total----------1--4276154101---158
 ----------1%--3%17%39%34%6%1%--- 
1871 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------13121----17
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---------------2------2
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Total--------------15121----19
 --------------5%26%63%5%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base598111117132047755160966371577479384795810511239158323024775822611
669113122137250257062768073578081188498911141354182331265925822611
00000057062768073578081188498911141354182331265925822600
000000590645698754787829921102011761468206239517076822600
1871 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base811111713204775155976537157357648389081066123915582433367566541223011
911312213724905426166747227457898619611124134518502847466885131223011
0000006166747227457898619611124134518502847466885131223000
000000634694728754813885101311811452214132615661103711223000
1871 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9812320125542356365371577483890894910281239158323354290785992141750111
106149219311470593674735795861922975109813541834298754808311119761750111
000000674735795861922975109813541834298754808311119761750100
0000006947548178859351002116914682084363866698762147391750100
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2433
Owner: Dordelli
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1558
Owner: JTO
 
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