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Obverse of 1869 Two Cents     Reverse of 1869 Two Cents


1869 TWO CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3603, 3604, 3605, 3639, 3640, 3641

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,546,500
Proofs: 
estimated 600+

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 23 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 95%
Other - 5%

Weight: 96 grains (6.2 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all dates in the Two Cents series were struck at Philadelphia, PA)   

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 23 MS-64BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 30 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66RD's. 

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67RB's.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 11 PR-66RD's.

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof 66, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4174, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

NGC Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1306, sold for $1,840.00

NGC Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 68, illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 69, illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1371, not illustrated, not sold 

PCGS Proof-64 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 117, sold for $632.50

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 396, sold for $207.00

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5163, "Cleaned at one time", not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-63 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7772, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 110, plated, sold for $575.00 

Proof-62 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 397, sold for $264.50

PCGS MS-65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1459, illustrated, sold for $862.00  Part of The Benson Collection purchased in the 1940's

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1307, sold for $460.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service