Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,847,500
Catalog: KM-94
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.22g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS obverse 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This first issue of two-cent piece differs from the later style in several respects, but the most notable is the height of the letters in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Since the Small Motto was perfectly serviceable, it must be assumed that the letters were later enlarged to make them conform with those of the reverse.

The Small Motto variety of the 1864 two-cent piece is described as a prototype or pattern in some reference books, but the fact remains that several thousand coins were struck for general circulation using this obverse die. They are thus collected as part of the regular series. Examples are scarce in all grades, and Mint State survivors are quite rare.

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Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 250 340 460 560 850 1075 1125 1175 1275 1475 1700 2100 2650 3100 6500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1650 1900 2300 3700 4850 8100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4300 - - - -
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1850 2250 2850 4750 17750 38250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 23500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 608
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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8/25/2004 NGC MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 1927, 1927/Lot# 1035 $907.50
5/30/2005 NGC MS 63   Brown Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 76 $1,150.00
10/2/2006 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 107, 112/Lot# 146 $2,990.00
1/8/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131203/Lot# 23077 $402.50
3/24/2013 PCGS MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 97636 $1,925.00
2/3/2014 PCGS VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7241 $305.50
10/17/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3504, 6058/Lot# 21027 $1,527.50
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1219/Lot# 3437 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6207258911081123315581707177618211865194920292106226825252834317242904565111
6557809541132134116081730179118361893197620552160235426282947354543824565110
0000001730179118361893197620552160235426282947354543824565100
0000001753180618501921200220802214243927313059391744734565100
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6637749411138136316471707174217881821188621242233240126433324376547194935111
70083010071213145816671719175717991843196521602289248228703471408347914935110
0000001719175717991843196521602289248228703471408347914935100
0000001730177318101864204521972345256230973618440148634935100
1864 SMALL MOTTO 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70574510591206152618251903192819772017210622682368261429363730650987069234111
71885011081313162618511911194419902047216023012450272132014656724188829234110
0000001911194419902047216023012450272132014656724188829234100
0000001920196120042076221423352532282934655583797490589234100
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 8706
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3172
Owner: JTO
 
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