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

1865 2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
3582
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
6.22 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
13,640,000
Metal Content:
Bronze
Auction Record:
$4,500 • MS65 • 11-1-1979 • Bowers & Ruddy
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 10,000 R-3.0 9 / 11 TIE 9 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 3,000 R-4.4 11 / 11 11 / 11
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 10 / 11 10 / 11
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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Ron Guth: The 1865 Two Cent piece is one of the most common dates of the series. Its mintage of 13,640,000 is exceeded only by the mintage of the 1864, and no other date has a mintage of more than 3.2 million pieces. This makes the 1865 a good choice as a representative example of the type. Major varieties include Plain 5 and Fancy 5; minor varieties include a lightly doubled obverse and several repunched dates. One of the most unusual varieties is a Fancy 5 with traces of a misplaced date visible in the denticles below the date.

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