Description and Analysis
Shield Two Cents
1865 2C MS
Description & Analysis
Production of the two-cent piece remained high through 1865, as the Mint struggled to supplement the new bronze cents introduced the year before. This issue is common in all circulated grades and in the lower range of Mint State. Even gems are reasonably available, if one is not particular about having fully red coins.
This is another date that is rich in die-punching varieties, and NGC recognizes the best of these under its VarietyPlus Service. These varieties are divided among two date styles, the first featuring a Plain 5 and the other having a Fancy 5 with a sharply curved flag. These same date styles are repeated on the cents of this date.