1864 Two Cent Piece, Small Motto

The 1864 Two Cent Piece (Buy on eBay) comes in two distinct varieties identified by the size of the obverse motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The “small motto” variety is the scarcer version, while the “large motto” is more common.

The difference in size of the mottoes can be somewhat difficult to detect, although certain points of comparison can be used for identification. On the small motto variety, the letter “D” appears the most comparatively smaller and narrower. Additionally, the first “T” in the word “TRUST” appears very close to the ribbon crease, while there is a more noticeable gap on the large motto variety.

The 1864 “Small Motto” Two Cent Piece trades for a premium in all grades, but is especially difficult to find in uncirculated condition with original mint red coloration. The small motto variety is a rarity in proof condition with only 20 to 30 pieces estimated to exist.

Coin Specifications

  • Designer: James B. Longacre
  • Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
  • Weight: 6.22 grams
  • Diameter: 23 mm
  • Edge: Plain