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U.S. Two-Cent Pieces (1864-1873)

Learn More About U.S. Two-Cent Pieces (1864-1873)

 

Two-cent pieces were minted from 1864 to 1873 while the Civil War was still being fought. Made of 95% copper and 5% tin/zinc, these coins are slightly larger in diameter than today’s nickel. The two-cent coin was the first coin inscribed with the motto, “In God We Trust.” Designed by James Longacre, the motto is displayed on a ribbon above a shield on the obverse. The reverse side features a simple wreath surrounding the 2 CENTS value of the coin. There were two types of 1864 two-cent pieces: the Large Motto and the Small Motto. The motto letters in large version are taller and thinner than those in the small version which are shorter and fatter. The Small Motto pieces, only minted in 1864, are scarcer than their Large Motto counterparts and typically command higher values. 


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