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

1865 2C Plain 5, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS63BN
PCGS #:
38247
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
6.22 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
13,640,000
Metal Content:
Bronze
Auction Record:
$132 • NGC MS62 • 4-16-2013 • Stack's/Bowers
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Ron Guth: Here's how to tell the difference between the Plain 5 and Fancy 5 1865 Two Cent pieces:

Plain 5: the top edge of the 5 appears flat or slightly curved

Fancy 5: the right half of the top edge of the 5 dips dramatically, creating a distinctive "flip" to the point of the 5.

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