Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 65,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.2200g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1872 2C MS obverse 1872 2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Among two-cent pieces struck for circulation, the 1872 edition is second to none in overall rarity. It may presumed that at least some of the 65,000 pieces coined remained in vaults when this denomination was legislated out of existence the following year and thus succumbed to the melting pot. Examples in any grade are prized, and gems are all but non-existant.

Though the doubled-die obverse variety is appealing, the high value of any 1872 two-cent piece nearly eliminates the variety premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2020

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1872 2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 600 725 835 1250 1600 1900 2150 2900 2800 2900 3000 3800 5200 8200 13500 - - - -
1872 2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 3000 3150 3800 4450 9150 20000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 7250 15000 - - -
1872 2C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15000 29500 58500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 17000 33500 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 399
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1872 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16365559592125931112-4175952----348
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--------------1-2-----3
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Total16365559592125931112-4176972----351
 5%10%16%17%17%6%7%3%1%3%3%-1%5%2%3%2%1%---- 
1872 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-22423133----48
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Total----------1-22423133----48
 ----------2%-4%4%8%48%27%6%---- 
1872 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------21-----3
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---------------1------1
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Total---------------31-----4
 ---------------75%25%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7259901271145016092029216122682335252529103033308031493506388547445836105011775511
81310841331150317492073219722902398265329513049310332683632417151087391129191775510
000000219722902398265329513049310332683632417151087391129191775500
000000223223132462278229923064312633873759445854728946153371775500
1872 2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base90810281333150516582087219723022368258529603080323833863657408054667198137712510811
94811301390155618012124223223242440271030003133328734763798454260439389175502510810
000000223223242440271030003133328734763798454260439389175502510800
0000002267234625132835304031853337356739395004662111580213292510800
1872 2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base990133315151629171621242302243326432910310333863545398444316048791010105183713361011
1104139415531658185221832346250327322974319734393691413349706669864212860234513361010
0000002346250327322974319734393691413349706669864212860234513361000
0000002389257328213039329234923838428255097289937315616285303361000
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 5836
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 4080
Owner: PennyGuy
 
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