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Obverse of 1870 Two Cents     Reverse of 1870 Two Cents


1870 TWO CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3606, 3607, 3608, 3642, 3643, 3644

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 861,250
Proofs: 
estimated 1,000+

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, Pennsylvania)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-64BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-65RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-66RB's.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 9 PR-66RD's.

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1308, Not Sold"

NGC Proof-65 Red.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5964, not plated, sold for $1,610.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1430

PCGS Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 70, illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof 65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1460, illustrated, sold for $529.00  Part of The Benson Collection purchased in the 1940's

PCGS Proof-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7773, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6738, not illustrated, sold for $431.25

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5164, not illustrated, not sold

PCI Proof 63, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4177, not illustrated, sold for $373.75

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