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1865 U.S. Two Cent Piece

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1865 U.S. Two Cent Piece

Historically an interesting coin… According to the Wikipedia: “The two-cent coin was produced in the United States from 1864–1873 with decreasing mintages throughout that time. The two-cent piece was made of 95% copper with tin and zinc making up the remainder. It was just slightly smaller than a modern U.S. quarter. The two-cent piece was designed by James B. Longacre, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, and was the first coin of the United States to bear the motto "In God We Trust." In terms of consumer price indexes, the 1864 coin would be comparable to $0.28 in today's money.

The obverse (so designated because it bears the date) has a shield with a ribbon over it bearing the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. Behind the shield are two arrows, and a branch with leaves (most likely an olive branch).

The reverse has a wreath made up of several different plant components surrounding the words 2 CENTS. The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surround the wreath.
The design is similar to the shield nickel of the same period, which was also designed by Longacre.

The two-cent piece was authorized by Congress on April 22, 1864 by the Coinage Act and the same law that eliminated the coins in 1873 also did away with the half dime and the silver three-cent piece (the copper-nickel three cent piece continued to be minted through 1889). During the mid- and late-1970s there was some discussion about reviving the two-cent denomination (in conjunction with reducing the mintage of the one-cent piece), but nothing came of it.”

An affordable antique, historical artifact and piece of Americana.

1865 U.S. Two Cent Piece


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: copper, zinc
  • Only ships within United States.
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