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Please Note: Grading Two and Three Cent Coins is a subjective matter that takes years of experience to do correctly. In most cases raw or un-graded coins are usually over graded by the individual owner. Try to be realistic and understand that grading is only a means to quantify or evaluate the worth of a coin. The grading company used to grade a coin is very important and there are only two that have the highest reputation in the numismatic industry, NGC and PCGS. See: Rating Coin Grading Services. Also note that coins within a specific grade can be a plus or minus of that grade also increasing or decreasing value. There can also be mirrored fields which can increase the value significantly as in Proof-Like (PL) and Deep Mirror Proof Like (DMPL). Mintage and popularity can also factor into consideration when accessing the overall worth of a coin. Please remember that there are at least three values of a coin; the Price the owner thinks his coin is worth, the Value a Coin Price Guide Book or a Pricing Guide lists it at and then most importantly, the Actual Price that you can sell it for to a dealer, buyer, or at an auction.

You can also compare your coin through the online auction links to compare prices and condition from images. Click Each Price to Compare Current Online Auction Values in the Left Side Column Below.
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1869 Two Cent Piece Obverse

Shield Two Cents
1864-1872
Regular Strikes

1869 Two Cent Piece Reverse

Description Mintage
1864 19,847,500
1865 13,640,000
1866 3,177,000
1867 2,938,750
1868 2,803,750
1869 1,546,500
1870 861,250
1871 721,250
1872 65,000
Description G F XF AU 60 63 64 65 66 67
1864 Large Motto Brown 19 26 45 74 95 140 200 385 1150 -
1864 Large Motto Red Brown - - - - 105 165 290 650 1500 -
1864 Large Motto Red - - - - 125 390 725 1850 5250 24500
1864 Small Motto Brown 140 280 650 850 1050 1500 1900 3000 5500 -
1864 Small Motto Red Brown - - - - 1150 1700 2300 3500 6500 -
1864 Small Motto Red - - - - 1250 1950 3250 5750 13500 -
1865 Brown 19 26 45 74 95 140 200 385 1150 -
1865 Red Brown - - - - 105 165 290 650 1500 -
1865 Red - - - - 125 390 725 1850 5250 24500
1866 Brown 19 26 45 74 95 140 200 385 1150 -
1866 Red Brown - - - - 105 165 290 650 1500 -
1866 Red - - - - 125 425 850 2400 8500 -
1867 Brown 19 26 45 74 95 140 200 385 1150 -
1867 Red Brown - - - - 105 165 290 650 1500 -
1867 Red - - - - 125 390 1100 2800 - -
1867 Doubled Die Obverse Brown 100 170 350 900 1250 2350 3100 4200 - -
1867 Doubled Die Obverse Red Brown - - - - 1300 2700 4000 6500 - -
1867 Doubled Die Obverse Red - - - - 1350 3100 4750 11500 - -
1868 Brown 19 26 45 74 110 145 195 420 - -
1868 Red Brown - - - - 115 190 310 900 2000 -
1868 Red - - - - 135 650 1300 4500 7500 -
1869 Brown 19 26 45 110 165 225 340 600 - -
1869 Red Brown - - - - 180 275 425 775 - -
1869 Red - - - - 200 550 1125 2750 10000 -
1870 Brown 19 26 120 170 260 320 400 600 - -
1870 Red Brown - - - - 275 360 520 825 - -
1870 Red - - - - 295 900 2700 6000 - -
1871 Brown 19 26 135 200 270 360 550 700 - -
1871 Red Brown - - - - 290 420 775 1450 - -
1871 Red - - - - 310 800 1750 4000 - -
1872 Brown 400 550 950 1250 1550 2600 3150 4500 - -
1872 Red Brown - - - - 1650 3000 4000 6750 9000 -
1872 Red - - - - 1750 3500 6000 9000 16000 -


Shield Two Cents 1864-1873 Proofs (PR, PF)

Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1864 Large Motto Brown 360 650 1000 1600 2250 -
1864 Large Motto Red Brown 390 800 1500 2400 3250 -
1864 Large Motto Red 520 1000 2000 7250 13500 -
1864 Large Motto Cameo 650 2000 5000 12000 30000 -
1864 Small Motto Brown 11000 20000 27500 40000 55000 -
1864 Small Motto Red Brown 15000 30000 40000 55000 75000 -
1864 Small Motto Red 17500 39000 54000 80000 110000 -
1864 Small Motto Cameo - - - 100000 - -
1865 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1865 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
1865 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1865 Cameo 400 800 1750 4000 7000 -
1866 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1866 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
1866 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1866 Cameo 400 800 1750 4000 7000 -
1867 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1867 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
1867 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1867 Cameo 400 800 1750 4000 7000 -
1868 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1868 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
1868 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1868 Cameo 400 800 1750 4000 7000 -
1869 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1869 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1869 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1870 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1870 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
1870 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1871 Brown 280 400 500 700 1150 -
1871 Red Brown 325 465 625 1000 2000 6000
1871 Red 375 600 1200 3250 6000 20000
1871 Cameo 400 800 1750 4000 7000 -
1872 Brown 280 410 510 670 1200 -
1872 Red Brown 325 465 700 1100 2400 6000
1872 Red 435 650 1250 3500 6000 20000
1873 Closed 3 Brown 2200 3000 3300 3900 4750 -
1873 Closed 3 Red Brown 2300 3200 3600 4500 5750 10000
1873 Closed 3 Red 2450 3500 4200 5250 8000 40000
1873 Open 3 Brown 1650 2500 3100 3850 5250 -
1873 Open 3 Red Brown 1750 2800 3400 4500 6000 -
1873 Open 3 Red 1850 3100 4300 7500 25000 -

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1885 Three Cents - Nickel Obverse

Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels
1865-1889
Regular Strikes

1885 Three Cents - Nickel Reverse

Description Mintage
1865 11,382,000
1866 4,801,000
1867 3,915,000
1868 3,252,000
1869 1,604,000
1870 1,335,000
1871 604,000
1872 862,000
1873 Closed 3 390,000
1873 Open 3 783,000
1874 790,000
1875 228,000
1876 162,000
1879 41,200
1880 24,955
1881 1,080,575
1882 25,300
1883 10,609
1884 5,642
1885 4,790
1887 7,961
1888 41,083
1889 21,561

Description G F XF AU 60 63 64 65 66 67
1865 17 22 45 58 95 160 250 740 1450 14500
1866 17 22 45 58 95 160 250 740 2650 15000
1867 17 22 45 58 95 160 250 1050 4000 -
1868 17 22 45 58 95 160 250 850 1800 15000
1869 17 22 45 58 110 170 260 950 2800 -
1870 17 22 45 58 130 200 310 800 2500 7500
1871 17 22 45 58 130 210 325 850 2500 17500
1872 17 22 48 79 130 260 325 1300 4500 -
1873 Closed 3 17 22 45 58 130 220 400 1625 5000 -
1873 Open 3 17 22 45 58 130 350 850 5200 - -
1874 17 22 45 58 118 220 380 1275 4000 17500
1875 17 22 45 58 175 245 350 1000 2700 13500
1876 17 22 45 58 200 285 600 2200 8000 -
1879 65 110 130 170 320 400 575 900 1500 5700
1880 100 135 220 250 390 445 515 775 1600 3500
1881 17 22 48 65 110 180 250 775 1600 5750
1882 130 185 260 300 450 490 580 1750 3750 12000
1883 200 285 390 430 525 900 1900 6500 15000 30000
1884 400 550 700 825 920 3000 6500 15000 25000 35000
1885 490 645 800 900 1050 1600 3750 7000 10000 20000
1887 300 415 485 540 585 775 1100 2600 4750 18500
1888 54 75 105 170 320 400 475 775 1600 3700
1889 88 175 230 270 320 450 550 775 1500 3850
Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889 Proofs (PR, PF)
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1865   700 1400 2400 5350 7400 -
1865 Cameo 750 1600 2750 5850 8200 15000
1865 Deep Cameo 800 1900 3500 8000 12000 25000
1866   180 350 560 1700 2500 7500
1866 Cameo 200 400 700 1800 2700 9500
1866 Deep Cameo 250 750 1500 4000 8500 15000
1867   175 290 390 1500 2400 4500
1867 Cameo 180 375 550 1850 3000 -
1867 Deep Cameo 185 400 1250 4000 8500 -
1868   175 290 390 1625 3000 4650
1868 Cameo 180 375 550 1750 3400 -
1868 Deep Cameo 185 400 1250 4000 8500 -
1869   175 290 390 1175 2200 4000
1869 Cameo 180 325 525 1350 3000 8500
1869 Deep Cameo 185 400 1250 4000 8500 -
1870   175 290 390 685 2800 -
1870 Cameo 180 375 550 2350 4500 -
1871   175 290 390 1300 1900 3150
1871 Cameo 180 385 575 1500 4000 9000
1871 Deep Cameo 200 500 1350 4300 9000 16500
1872   175 290 390 1100 1850 -
1872 Cameo 180 375 550 1650 4000 -
1872 Deep Cameo 200 750 1500 4000 - -
1873 Closed 3   175 290 390 1200 2700 6000
1873 Closed 3 Cameo 180 325 500 1300 3000 9000
1874   175 290 390 1050 1650 7500
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1874 Cameo 180 325 500 1200 1800 -
1875   180 375 560 1500 2500 -
1875 Cameo 190 450 1000 2500 6500 -
1876   175 290 390 1200 2500 -
1876 Cameo 180 350 500 1350 3000 -
1876 Deep Cameo 200 750 1500 4000 - -
1877   1500 2000 2800 4000 4700 7500
1877 Cameo 1550 2100 3000 4250 4950 8000
1877 Deep Cameo 1600 2200 3200 5000 10000 -
1878   575 700 800 1100 1300 2500
1878 Cameo 600 750 900 1200 1475 5000
1878 Deep Cameo 625 1000 2000 4500 - -
1879   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1879 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1880   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1880 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 5000
1881   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1881 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1881 Deep Cameo 185 400 1250 4000 8500 -
1882   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1882 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1882 Deep Cameo 200 750 1500 4000 9000 16500
1883   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1883 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1883 Deep Cameo 200 750 1500 4000 9000 -
1884   175 290 390 685 900 1375
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1884 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1885   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1885 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1885 Deep Cameo 200 750 1500 4000 9000 -
1886   400 550 600 750 900 1400
1886 Cameo 410 575 650 850 1200 1900
1887   400 475 550 1250 2000 -
1887 Cameo 425 525 650 1350 2350 -
1887/6   475 625 700 1050 1700 3250
1887/6 Cameo 500 650 775 1200 2100 7500
1888   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1888 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
1888 Deep Cameo 185 400 1250 4000 8500 -
1889   175 290 390 685 900 1375
1889 Cameo 180 310 415 745 1200 1900
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