Ron Guth: The 1871 Two-Cent piece is the last of the high-mintage dates in this series. Though it's mintage was less than a million pieces, this date survives in Mint State to nearly the same extent as other dates with much higher mintages except for the 1864 and 1865.
Red-Brown examples are plentiful up through MS64, above which the populations drop off, ending at MS66, where a single example is noted.
Red examples are scarce, and are usually found in MS64 and MS65. Here, the best examples include two in MS66RD.