Two Cent Piece 1864 - 1873


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Two Cent Piece 1864 - 1873

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By the 1850’s, small denomination coins like this were becoming scarce because people were hoarding them due to economic uncertainty and the fear of civil war. Just a few years after the last Large Penny was issued, the Civil War started. Starved for coinage of any kind, Americans readily embraced the two-cent piece when it made its first appearance in 1864. Struck for only 10 years (1864 - 1873), the two-cent piece was the coin that introduced the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

Once the war ended and regular coinage began to appear again in circulation demand for the 2-cent coin quickly lost favor, making it one of the shortest lived series of coins.