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Obverse of 1871 Two Cents     Reverse of 1871 Two Cents


1871 TWO CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3609, 3610, 3611, 3645, 3646, 3647

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 721,250
Proofs: 
estimated 960+

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 example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65BN.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 17 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 10 MS-65RD's.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66BN.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 10 PR-66RB's.

The finest Proof Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67RD.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 71, illustrated, sold for $3,335.00

PCGS Proof 65, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1462, illustrated, sold for $1,667.00  Purchased from Ira S. Reed in the 1940s

PCGS Proof 65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1463, illustrated, sold for $862.00  Part of The Benson Collection purchased in the 1940s

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1311, sold for $460.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6207, not plated, sold for $747.50  From the Alex Highland Collection

PCI Proof 64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4178, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7774, not illustrated, sold for $460.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 187, not illustrated, sold for $431.25

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5961, not plated, sold for $414.00

AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 370, not illustrated, sold for $604.00

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