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1864 2c Large Motto PR RD

1864 2c Large Motto PR RD

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 2709)

The 1864 Two cents is part of a series of Two cent piece coins struck from 1864-1873. The specific variety is Large Motto. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Proof (PR) strike, this coin is made of 0.95 copper; 0.05 tin & zinc from a mintage of 100 struck.
As previously noted, the Mint struck the Two Cent coins in 1864 with a Small Motto which was later changed to the Large Motto. The Large Motto of IN GOD WE TRUST ended up being the permanent choice of design for the remainder of the time this denomination was produced. The Large Motto is technically the type coin for the date. Scarce as a gem with brown and red-brown color. A rarity with full red color and with cameo surfaces.
Obverse: An ornate shield flanked on the left and right by leaves with arrow heads and shanks (crossed behind) appear protruding at the four corners. A ribbon above the shield bears the words IN GOD WE TRUST, making this coin design the first usage this now-ubiquitous motto. The date is positioned at the bottom center.
Reverse: A large numeral 2 with the word CENTS below (smaller) in the center is framed by a well-defined wheat wreath tied at the bottom center by a simple ribbon. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appears around the periphery.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 2709
Coin Date: 1864
Denomination: 2c / Two cents
Designation: PR
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 100
Coinage Type: Two cent piece
Coinage Years: 1864-1873
Composition: 0.95 copper; 0.05 tin & zinc
Variety: Large Motto
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 23 mm
Weight: 6.22 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: James B. Longacre
Obverse Lettering: IN GOD WE TRUST, 1864
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
PCGS #: 3623
NGC ID: 274T

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