Unclaimed Deposit Box Hoard (1864-1873) Civil War Era Copper Two-Cent Piece
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This is a United States Two-cent Piece that is in circulated condition.
United States Two-cent pieces were minted from 1864 through 1873 and struck from 95% copper with tin and zinc making up the remainder. It was designed by James B. Longacre, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, and was the first coin of the United States to bear the motto "In God We Trust."
The obverse features a shield with a ribbon over it bearing the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. Behind the shield are two arrows, and an olive branch. The reverse depicts a wreath of wheat surrounding the words 2 CENTS. The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surround the wreath.The design is similar to the shield nickel of the same period, which was also designed by Longacre.