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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1871 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 36.30 41.60 45.00 85.00 160 205 215 230 260 300 320 380 410 570 805 2200 - - - -
$ 160 - - 255 - - 330 400 485 670 1400 - - -
1871 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 310 350 455 620 810 1560 4350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 375 485 650 975 2200 - - -
1871 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 425 575 845 1800 8125 35000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2500 10000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 628
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: 10/8/2019 1871 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1892233192417153036-19486476292----452
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--------------11------2
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Total1892233192417153036-19486577292----454
 0 %2 %2 %5 %7 %4 %5 %4 %3 %7 %8 %-4 %11 %14 %17 %6 %0 %---- 
1871 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2--326595891---158
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---------------1------1
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Total----------2--326605891---159
 ----------1 %--2 %16 %38 %36 %6 %1 %--- 
1871 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------13131----18
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Total--------------13131----18
 --------------6 %17 %72 %6 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 80 $460.00
10/9/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 290, 296/Lot# 5166 $546.25
7/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 3319, 3319/Lot# 1224 $220.00
2/7/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3221 $6,462.50
9/8/2013 NGC MS 62   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 137297 $484.00
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 50   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 200629 $169.00
10/10/2014 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14520 $616.88
6/6/2019 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2019 June 6 - 9 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1296/Lot# 7192 $750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base598111117132047755160966371577479384795810511239158323024775822611
669113122137250257062768073578081188498911141354182331265925822610
00000057062768073578081188498911141354182331265925822600
000000590645698754787829921102011761468206239517076822600
1871 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base811111713204775155976537157357648389081066123915582433367566541223011
911312213724905426166747227457898619611124134518502847466885131223010
0000006166747227457898619611124134518502847466885131223000
000000634694728754813885101311811452214132615661103711223000
1871 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9812320125542356365371577483890894910281239158323354290785992141750111
106149219311470593674735795861922975109813541834298754808311119761750110
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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