Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,803,750
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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1868 2C MS obverse 1868 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a mintage figure comparable to those of 1866 and 1867, this date is noticeably more scarce in Mint State and genuinely rare in fully red gem condition. Given that the coining of this denomination fell so much the following year, it's possible that not all of this date were distributed. Some may have remained in vaults when the order came in 1873 to destroy existing stocks.

Varieties for this date are numerous but nearly all quite minor. Perhaps the most distinctive is a misplaced date die on which the top of an 8 or 6 is seen within the denticles below the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1868 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 20.00 26.00 34.00 57.00 90.00 100.00 110 135 160 185 240 360 700 1400 - - - -
$ 65.00 - - 115 140 170 200 260 400 - - - -
1868 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 175 230 350 550 1250 3500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 190 250 385 585 1400 - - -
1868 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 350 625 1450 6100 12250 - - - -
$ - - - - - 250 380 700 2450 7100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 584
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 414 $311.00
3/5/2009 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 343, 349/Lot# 5145 $195.50
11/15/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3173, 3173/Lot# 1067 $17.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7661 $440.63
7/21/2013 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128768 $68.20
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98107 $15,275.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1251 $6,462.50
6/4/2015 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7203 $707.35
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 3887 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base597281106139227272336366395463502527586705925139320484218739411
6375891171682422933463764184765105476267781081161127715277739410
0000002933463764184765105476267781081161127715277739400
0000003153563854404895195666658521237183034956335739400
1868 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5911512314717926230436639542348952756368490812061928323854051000011
78118131158207276325376404445502539603759100714472365396069371000010
000000325376404445502539603759100714472365396069371000000
000000345385414467514551644833110716872801468384681000000
1868 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143163183201255336351409450502575620674908130320874172561079151510511
15017018921928234137042346752659063875210401564278246516378103121510510
00000037042346752659063875210401564278246516378103121510500
00000039043648555160565683011711826347751317147127081510500
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1206
Owner: mtayl03
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1206
Owner: RGT
 
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