1864 2c MS BN Large Motto

Mintage: 19,847,500

1864 2c MS RB Large Motto

Mintage: 19,847,500

1864 2c MS RD Large Motto

Mintage: 19,847,500

1864 2c MS BN Small Motto

Mintage: 19,847,500

1864 2c MS RB Small Motto

Mintage: 19,847,500

1864 2c MS RD Small Motto

Mintage: 19,847,500

1865 2c MS BN

Mintage: 13,640,000

1865 2c MS RB

Mintage: 13,640,000

1865 2c MS RD

Mintage: 13,640,000

1866 2c MS BN

Mintage: 3,177,000

1866 2c MS RB

Mintage: 3,177,000

1866 2c MS RD

Mintage: 3,177,000

1867 2c MS BN

Mintage: 2,938,750

1867 2c MS RB

Mintage: 2,938,750

1867 2c MS RD

Mintage: 2,938,750

1867 2c MS BN Doubled Die

Mintage: 2,938,750

1867 2c MS RB Doubled Die

Mintage: 2,938,750

1867 2c MS RD Doubled Die

Mintage: 2,938,750

1868 2c MS BN

Mintage: 2,803,750

1868 2c MS RB

Mintage: 2,803,750

1868 2c MS RD

Mintage: 2,803,750

1869 2c MS BN

Mintage: 1,546,500

1869 2c MS RB

Mintage: 1,546,500

1869 2c MS RD

Mintage: 1,546,500

1870 2c MS BN

Mintage: 861,250

1870 2c MS RB

Mintage: 861,250

1870 2c MS RD

Mintage: 861,250

1871 2c MS BN

Mintage: 721,250

1871 2c MS RB

Mintage: 721,250

1871 2c MS RD

Mintage: 721,250

1872 2c MS BN

Mintage: 65,000

1872 2c MS RB

Mintage: 65,000

1872 2c MS RD

Mintage: 65,000

Series Overview

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.