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1864 2C Small Motto, RD (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Two Cents 1864-1872

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS #:
3581
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
6.22 grams
Mintage:
19,847,500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Bronze
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 50 R-8.5 2 / 11 2 / 11
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 2 / 11 2 / 11
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 2 / 11 2 / 11
Survival Estimate
All Grades 50
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 20
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 11
60 or Better 2 / 11
65 or Better 2 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 11
60 or Better 2 / 11
65 or Better 2 / 11

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66RD PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2018:4771, $63,000 - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS66RD PCGS grade
1 MS66RD PCGS grade
1 MS66RD PCGS grade
1 MS66RD PCGS grade
6 MS65+RD PCGS grade
7 MS65RD PCGS grade MS65RD PCGS grade
7 MS65RD PCGS grade
7 MS65RD PCGS grade
7 MS65RD PCGS grade
#1 MS66RD PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2018:4771, $63,000 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#1 MS66RD PCGS grade
#1 MS66RD PCGS grade
#1 MS66RD PCGS grade
#1 MS66RD PCGS grade
#6 MS65+RD PCGS grade
MS65RD PCGS grade #7 MS65RD PCGS grade
#7 MS65RD PCGS grade
#7 MS65RD PCGS grade
#7 MS65RD PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1864, the Philadelphia Mint produced two versions of the Two Cent piece, both relating to the size of the letters in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The Large Motto replaced the Small Motto and became the model for the remaining years of the Two Cent type. The Large Motto variety is the more common of the two. Cherry-pickers should keep a lookout for the following scarce and interesting varieties:

1864 Large Motto, Doubled Die Obverse
1864 Large Motto, Triple Punched Date
1864 Large Motto, Reverse clashed with the obverse die of an Indian Head Cent!

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Getting Your Two Cents Worth" by Kevin Flynn
"Two Cent Piece - An 1864 Attribution Guide" by Frank Leone
"Cherrypickers' Guide, Fifth Edition, Volume I" by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton