The Two Cent Piece was issued from 1864 to 1873 and was the first coin to feature the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
All coins were made in Philadelphia with the final year, 1873, being a scarce proof-only issue. The Two Cent Piece was designed by James Longacre and is one of the shortest lived issues of U.S. coinage.
CAC. Large Motto. A well struck Gem with flashy surfaces that display considerable mint red.
Large Motto. Predominately copper-red with some slight mellowing. The strike is very sharp and the surfaces are silky smooth.
Small Motto. Solid detail with problem-free medium brown surfaces.
Small Motto. Strong detail with just a touch of wear and pleasing chestnut brown surfaces.
CAC. Large Motto. Well struck with flashy luster and lots of mint red.
Large Motto. Beautiful original mint red surfaces and a sharp strike.
Large Motto. Glossy brown with a touch of blended red.
Small Motto. The entire motto is smaller on this variety but the differences in the size and particularly the position of the D in GOD is the easiest way to distinguish between a Large and Small Motto. This near-Gem example is precisely struck with lustrous surfaces that show a substantial amount of mint red. A scarce coin and a real prize in this high of grade.
CAC. Large Motto. Well struck and very attractive with lots of soft red luster.
Large Motto. Crisp original red luster with nearly mark-free surfaces and a sharp strike. A couple of minor, light spots are all that keep this beauty out of an MS-65 or better holder.
CAC. Large Motto. Fresh blazing red luster with no significant marks and a sharp strike. Very conservatively graded.
CAC. Large Motto. Extremely well struck with no significant marks or spots. The surfaces are lustrous and a nice blend of faded red and light brown.
CAC. Small Motto. Mostly red with radiant luster and a sharp strike. The surfaces are nearly mark-free and the eye appeal is superb!
Large Motto. Very flashy mint red luster with pristine, nearly mark-free surfaces.
Small Motto. Well detailed with nice chestnut brown surfaces.
Small Motto. A pleasing example of this scarce first year of issue variety.