Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 861,250
Catalog: KM-94
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.22g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 2C MS obverse 1870 2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of two-cent pieces fell to just over half of what it had been in 1869, and 1870 is thus the first of four scarce dates in a row that close out this short-lived series. Examples are scarce in all grades, with Mint State survivors being especially elusive.

A smaller production meant fewer dies and thus fewer varieties. Most are too minor to carry a premium, but the doubled motto IN GOD WE TRUST has its fans.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1870 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 25.00 35.00 58.00 120 175 190 225 255 295 325 390 510 975 1900 - - - -
$ 135 - - 235 265 - 340 425 600 - - - -
1870 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 320 365 485 1000 2300 4050 - - - -
$ - - - - - 335 390 535 1100 - - - -
1870 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 400 600 1500 3750 7300 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 5200 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 379
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1067 $1,552.50
10/24/2007 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2440, 2440/Lot# 1094 $2,016.00
6/26/2008 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 305 $747.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4344 $4,887.50
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 88706 $343.21
11/10/2013 NGC VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131347/Lot# 26441 $72.00
10/17/2014 NGC AU 53   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3504, 6058/Lot# 21030 $176.25
11/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 525 $400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59761021432304235025635976747357648118659741152168324014652805011
658511617229444952257462369474578082990110331329192231515785805010
00000052257462369474578082990110331329192231515785805000
00000054358664871575479584793810931506216239026917805000
1870 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102143220272423463515575624695754793856933111717072643346766771229811
116169237322436480535591648715767814882994131420192918453785511229810
000000535591648715767814882994131420192918453785511229800
00000055560867173478083590710561510233131925607104241229800
1870 2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base761231432372884775866206747057548479901271212433454512523392461756411
92130174254351513597638684721785895108415552531373447526571120191756410
000000597638684721785895108415552531373447526571120191756400
000000609656695738816942117718402938412349937908147911756400
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2918
Owner: Dordelli
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1707
Owner: RED-MAN
 
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