1865 2c PR BN

Mintage: 500

1865 2c PR RB

Mintage: 500

1865 2c PR RD

Mintage: 500

1865 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 500

1865 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 500

1866 2c PR BN

Mintage: 725

1866 2c PR RB

Mintage: 725

1866 2c PR RD

Mintage: 725

1866 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 725

1866 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 725

1867 2c PR BN

Mintage: 625

1867 2c PR RB

Mintage: 625

1867 2c PR RD

Mintage: 625

1867 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 625

1867 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 625

1868 2c PR BN

Mintage: 600

1868 2c PR RB

Mintage: 600

1868 2c PR RD

Mintage: 600

1868 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 600

1868 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 600

1869 2c PR BN

Mintage: 600

1869 2c PR RB

Mintage: 600

1869 2c PR RD

Mintage: 600

1869 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 600

1869 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 600

1870 2c PR BN

Mintage: 1,000

1870 2c PR RB

Mintage: 1,000

1870 2c PR RD

Mintage: 1,000

1870 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 1,000

1870 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 1,000

1871 2c PR BN

Mintage: 960

1871 2c PR RB

Mintage: 960

1871 2c PR RD

Mintage: 960

1871 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 960

1871 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 960

1872 2c PR BN

Mintage: 950

1872 2c PR RB

Mintage: 950

1872 2c PR RD

Mintage: 950

1872 2c PR RD CAM

Mintage: 950

1872 2c PR RD DCAM

Mintage: 950

1873 2c PR BN Closed 3

Mintage: 600

1873 2c PR RB Closed 3

Mintage: 600

1873 2c PR RD Closed 3

Mintage: 600

1873 2c PR BN Open 3

Mintage: 500

1873 2c PR RB Open 3

Mintage: 500

1873 2c PR RD Open 3

Mintage: 500

Series Overview

Proof 2 cent pieces are popular among 19th-century type and copper enthusiasts, who also enjoy collecting business-strike 2 cent coins, which were designed James B. Longacre. Ranging in price from the mid hundreds to the many thousands of dollars, proof 2 cent coinage is considerably scarce and especially sought after in the higher grades.

A typical proof 2 cent is encountered in Brown grade from PF60 to PF64, with higher-grading pieces and Red-Brown or Red specimens coming along much less frequently. Premiums are paid for nice Red Cameo or Red-Brown Cameo proofs or any specimen with especially nice surfaces and few detractions.

The 1864 Small Motto proof is the rarest issue of all in the series, with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) estimating only five in existence across all grades; even the lower-level proof examples trade in the five figures. Only proof specimens were struck in 1873, and these scarce pieces generally start in the four-figure range. All other dates saw mintages in the hundreds of greater and usually range from $300 to $1,000 for typical specimens.