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SERIES: Shield Two Cents 1864-1872
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1864 2C Large Motto, RB (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+RB

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65RB
PCGS #:
3577
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
6.22 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
19,847,500
Metal Content:
Bronze
Auction Record:
$4,888 • NGC MS67 • 7-30-2008 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 10 / 11 TIE 10 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 5,000 R-4.0 10 / 11 TIE 10 / 11 TIE
65 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 10 / 11 10 / 11
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
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1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
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1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
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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