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 approved. A well struck Gem with flashy surfaces that display considerable mint red.
Large Motto. Beautiful full fiery orange-red luster and a needle sharp strike. The surfaces are pristine without a single noteworthy mark. A tiny flyspeck of carbon on the reverse is all that separates this Premium Gem from perfection. Housed in an early NGC green-label holder. Only a single coin has graded higher at NGC and another at PCGS.
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. Small Motto. Mostly red with radiant luster and a sharp strike. The surfaces are nearly mark-free and the eye appeal is superb!
Small Motto. A pleasing example of this scarce first year of issue variety.
Well struck and very attractive with lots of original red.
Fiery mint red luster gives this beautiful nicely detailed coin outstanding eye appeal.
Fresh original mint red gives this nearly mark-free and well struck coin outstanding eye appeal.
CAC. Mostly red and a sharp strike with no significant marks. Seems very conservatively graded.
Nearly full red with rich, lustrous mirror surfaces and the sharp strike you expect on a Gem Proof.
CAC. Very pleasing with fields that are nicely reflective and nearly full red luster.