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Two Cent Pieces (1864-1873)

This denomination was introduced in conjunction with the bronze cent midway through 1864. Its sole purpose was to accelerate the replacement of copper-nickel cents with bronze coinage. Once there were enough of the new cents in circulation, production of this odd coin dropped off and was soon discontinued. Perhaps its greatest success was the attractiveness of its design, a far more satisfying rendition of the Union Shield than on the five-cent piece of 1866.

With no key dates aside from the experimental Small Motto variety of 1864 and the proof-only issue of 1873, this short series is moderately popular with date collectors. Most dates are scarce only in gem, fully red condition.

The early dates, due to their high mintages, are rich in varieties. Several reference books are available, though the most desirable varieties are included in The Cherrypickers’ Guide and attributed by NGC. In addition to the 1864 with Small Motto, these include 1864 with clashmarks from an Indian Cent, very obvious doubled-die obverses in 1867, 1870 and 1871, as well as a number of repunched dates and misplaced dates. Additional varieties of interest are found in the books by Flynn and Kliman, and these will be attributed by NGC when of broad interest.

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)FlynnLeone
2CMS1864 SMALL MOTTO-      
2CMS1864 LARGE MOTTO-      
2CMS1864 LARGE MOTTO DDO$15FS-1101VP-001 FS-001  
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15FS-1301VP-002 FS-001.5  
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15FS-1302VP-003 FS-001.7  
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15FS-1303VP-004  RPD-006 
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15VP-005   RPD-007FL-64LG-9o1r
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15VP-006   RPD-008FL-64LG-4o1r
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15VP-007   RPD-003 
2CMS1864/1864 LG MOTTO$15VP-008   RPD-011 
2CMS1864 LARGE MOTTO MDC$15FS-1401/1902   MCD-001 
2CMS1865 PLAIN 5$15      
2CMS1865 DDO PLAIN 5$15FS-101VP-001 FS-002  
2CMS1865 DDO PLAIN 5$15FS-102   DDO-002 
2CMS1865/1865 PLAIN 5$15FS-301VP-005 FS-002.3  
2CMS1865/1865 PLAIN 5$15VP-007   RPD-006 
2CMS1865 FANCY 5$15      
2CMS1865/1865 FANCY 5$15FS-1301VP-004 FS-002.7  
2CMS1865/1865 FANCY 5$15FS-1302VP-002 FS-002.5  
2CMS1865/1--5 FANCY 5$15FS-1303VP-003 FS-002.8  
2CMS1865/1865 FANCY 5$15VP-006   RPD-007 
2CMS1865 MPD FANCY 5$15FS-1304  FS-002.9  
2CMS1865 MPD FANCY 5$15FS-1305   MPD-001 
2CMS1866 DDR$15FS-801   DDR-001 
2CMS1867 DDO$15FS-101VP-001 FS-003  
2CMS1868 MPD$15FS-301  FS-003.5  
2CMS1868/1868 $15FS-303   RPD-005 
2CMS1869 18/18 MPD$15FS-301  FS-003.9  
2CMS1869 18/18 $15FS-302  FS-004  
2CMS1869 18/18 $15VP-002   RPD-006 
2CMS1870 DDO$15FS-101VP-001 FS-004.3  
2CMS1871 DDO$15FS-103   DDO-002 
2CMS1871/1871 $15FS-301VP-002  RPD-002 
2CMS1872 DDO$15FS-101VP-001 FS-006  
2CPF1864 SMALL MOTTO-      
2CPF1864 LARGE MOTTO-      

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Fivaz, Bill & J.T. Stanton. The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 1. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2009
Flynn, Kevin. Getting Your Two Cents Worth. Kevin Flynn and Robert Paul, Rancocas, 1994
Flynn, Kevin. Flying Eagle, Indian Cent, Two, Cent, Three Cent Doubled Dies. Stanton Publishing, Savannah, GA, 1999
Kliman, Myron. The Two-Cent Piece and Varieties. Numismatic Enterprises, South Laguna, CA, 1977
Leone, Frank. Longacre's Two-Cent Piece Die Varieties & Errors. Published by the author, 1991