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    1864 Two Cent Piece, PR66 Red
    Popular Guide Book Small Motto Variety
    20-30 Examples Extant

    1864 2C Small Motto PR66 Red PCGS. The Cherrypickers' Guide lists the business-strike Small Motto 1864 two cent piece as FS-401, but lists no separate variety number for proofs. As an indication of the popularity of the 1864 Small Motto proofs, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth place the issue at number 77 on the list of 100 Greatest U.S. Coins. They write, "Today, the 1864 Proof 'Small Motto' Two Cent piece is represented by a mere handful of pieces and ranks as one of the rarest major varieties in all of American numismatics." They rank the coins "Extremely Rare."

    The Professional Edition of the Guide Book, fifth edition, states there are only 20-30 known surviving examples. Comparatively few of the survivors retain red surfaces, as evidenced by the data from the two major grading services. PCGS shows only this single example in PR66 Red, and none are finer. PCGS has certified a total of three Small Motto proofs in Red, in PR64, PR65+, and this PR66 piece. NGC has graded only one proof Red example, a PR64 coin. NGC shows a single PR66 as numerically finest in their Census, a Red and Brown coin (11/14).

    The present coin is the single-finest Small Motto proof certified with the Red designation. Housed in a green label holder, this specimen exhibits rich golden-red color throughout. The strike is exacting, producing a strong degree of design definition, with the shield in particular displaying outstanding details. The well-preserved surfaces are brightly reflective, further adding to the visual appeal. This coin should find a home in the finest collection or Registry Set.
    Ex: Pre-Long Beach Sale ( Superior Galleries, 10/2000), lot 4165.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 274S, PCGS# 3626)

    Weight: 6.22 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & zinc


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 2015
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