Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 65,000
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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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: 6/26/2015

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1872 2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 400 600 750 900 1375 1700 1800 2100 2800 3150 3300 4150 5200 8200 13500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1872 2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3500 3850 4550 5800 11500 23000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 8000 17000 - - -
1872 2C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4250 5500 7000 14750 29500 58000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 335
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 979 $2,645.00
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 409 $2,760.00
9/29/2008 PCGS VF 20   Brown Teletrade Auction 2592, 2592/Lot# 1136 $616.00
5/30/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1214 $672.00
9/23/2012 NGC G 6   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131240/Lot# 26075 $367.78
11/29/2012 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3276 $3,525.00
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1340 $3,055.00
11/24/2013 NGC XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/24/2013, 102/Lot# 154010 $996.60
3/28/2014 NGC MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5137 $9,106.25
11/30/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 527 $18,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7259901271145016092029216122682335252529103033308031493506388547445836105011775511
81310841331150317492073219722902398265329513049310332683632417151087391129191775510
000000219722902398265329513049310332683632417151087391129191775500
000000223223132462278229923064312633873759445854728946153371775500
1872 2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base90810281333150516582087219723022368258529603080323833863657408054667198137712510811
94811301390155618012124223223242440271030003133328734763798454260439389175502510810
000000223223242440271030003133328734763798454260439389175502510800
0000002267234625132835304031853337356739395004662111580213292510800
1872 2C MS Red
 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: Penny Guy
 
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