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

1865 2C Fancy 5, RD (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66RD

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PCGS MS67RD
PCGS #:
38258
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
6.22 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
13,640,000
Metal Content:
Bronze
Auction Record:
$25,850 • PCGS MS67 • 1-8-2014 • Heritage
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
2 MS65RD estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
2 MS65RD estimated grade  

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