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1872 2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Two Cents 1864-1872

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
3612
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
6.22 grams
Mintage:
65,000
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 2,000 R-4.6 2 / 11 2 / 11
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 11 2 / 11
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 2 / 11 2 / 11
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 150
65 or Better 15
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-7.5
65 or Better R-9.3
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 MS65BN PCGS grade
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
1 MS65BN estimated grade
1 MS65BN estimated grade
5 MS64BN PCGS grade
5 MS64BN PCGS grade
5 MS64BN PCGS grade
5 MS64BN PCGS grade
5 MS64BN PCGS grade
5 MS64BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN estimated grade
#1 MS65BN estimated grade
#5 MS64BN PCGS grade
#5 MS64BN PCGS grade
#5 MS64BN PCGS grade
#5 MS64BN PCGS grade
#5 MS64BN PCGS grade
#5 MS64BN PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez:

The 1872 Two Cent piece is the key date to the series. It has the lowest mintage by far. It's mintage is 65,000 and the next lowest mintage is the 1871, with a mintage of 721,250. The mintage of the 1872 Two Cent piece doesn't even come near any other coins in the series.

The 1872 Two Cent piece is scarce and commands a premium in all grades. In Uncirculated condition it is really scarce and only serious collectors can usually own one, as examples in Gem condition will cost thousands of dollars. Examples in Uncirculated Red Brown condition are scarce in all grades. And examples in Uncirculated Red condition are extremely scarce, especially in MS66 condition or higher.