Mike 's Blog

25 Apr 2022

My Two Cents!!!

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. Its been a while. So I chose my two cent piece. The first coin is a pattern coin enlarge it you can see the obverse and reverse. The second is the coin used. If you notice the reverse of both coins are the same! They decided to keep that.
The two cent piece showed up in 1864 and had a short run till1873. Why? The coin looked good so good its looked for today. Then why? Well the nickel showed up and the people liked that better. Imagine the people stopped the use of the coin! It was designed by James Longacre.

Basically known for the first American coin to say "In God We Trust". Collectors have not given up on this one coin. They still look for them today. It was made of 90% copper and 5% tin and zink. The diameter is 23 mm and weighs 96 grms. The 1864 had a small motto. The Large motto has been found in that year and the years after.

Nice and short with the important parts included Of course there will always be more. That's were you come in and look them up!!

Believe or not there was a proof coin made. That I would like to own. Now I can tell you these coins in a MS will draw big sums. If you look at the obverse slowly you can see the difference. Back in those days people use to put lacquer on there coins hoping to make them last. After a while it would dry and pieces would fall off. The reverse was not done I don't know why but the strange obverse shows the peeling in some spots. . This coin you can see the whole motto. Most of them the WE would were down because of the high relief. Those are hard to find but there out there.
So if your looking to collect these there was a very low vintage the last year. Something like 6500 coins.But as I said any coin no matter what the mintage is worth more than two cents!! I hope you enjoyed this short blog. On a coin the people turned down because the nickel made everything easy. Be safe and enjoy!!


Kevin Leab

Level 4

I've started a collection of these a few months ago. This is one of my favorite designs besides the SLQ.

Long Beard

Level 5

Nice date for a Two-Cent. I've always had a special interest in both these and the Three-Cent. Both denominations could serve a purpose once again if the powers that be would only realize this.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Thanks Mike, definitely an absolute must for the collector also interested in the civil war. I would highly recommend William Bierly's book "In God We Trust" which covers in great detail all the historical background that lead to the motto being added to our coinage.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I love those two cent coins! I need one more for a full set


Level 4

Nice coin , great blog!


Level 6

One of my favorite series. Nice coin. I wrote article in The Numismatist years ago (June 1986)


Level 6

I remember Mr. Two Cents. Great job.


Level 6

Nice blog! Enjoyed it...great information! Beautiful photos too! Thanks Mike! ; )


Level 6

Thanks Mike, those are beautiful. Funny how collecting methods change over time.. Lacquer, clean and other ideas. Thanks for the info and cool photos.

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