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2-Cent Piece Set 2c no 1867 DDO, 10 Coins MS RD

2-Cent Piece Set 2c no 1867 DDO, 10 Coins MS RD

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 77941)

The 2-Cent Piece Set Two cents is part of a series of Two cent piece coins struck from 1864-1872. The specific variety is no 1867 DDO. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Business (MS) strike, this coin is made of 0.95 copper; 0.05 tin & zinc.
The 2 cent coin was struck by the United States Mint from 1864 through 1873 and was created to fill a need for small change during a massive Civil War-era coin shortage. The bronze 2 cent coin, designed by United States Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre, barely lasted a decade. Despite its relatively brief existence, it became historic for at least one reason ' it was the first United States coin to bear the motto IN GOD WE TRUST, which today is seen on all United States coins.

While a popular series, the 2 cent piece is not widely collected as anything more than a type coin. However, there are series specialists who enjoy pursuing 2 cent coins. There are few big-ticket 2 cent pieces. Most in the lower circulated grades are priced at well less than $50. However, there are a couple regular-issue business-strike pieces that command three figure prices or greater. These include the scarce 1864 Small Motto that trades for about $200 and up and the 1872, which has a mintage of only 65,000 pieces and generally commands $300 or more. The 1867 doubled die is the major die variety of the series.

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: 77941
Coin Date: 2-Cent Piece Set
Denomination: 2c / Two cents
Designation: MS
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Coinage Type: Two cent piece
Coinage Years: 1864-1872
Composition: 0.95 copper; 0.05 tin & zinc
Variety: no 1867 DDO
Variety 2: 10 Coins
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 23 mm
Weight: 6.22 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: James B. Longacre
Obverse Lettering: IN GOD WE TRUST, [Date]
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Lettering: 2, CENTS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
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