Obverse: A small eagle with outstretched wings standing on a cloud, with the peripheral legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 1836 below. Reverse: The denomination TWO CENTS surrounded by a laurel wreath. Struck in billon (90% copper, 10% silver) with a plain edge.
The two cent denomination was proposed as part of the Act of January 13, 1837. Unfortunately, the portion of the bill dealing with the two cent coin was deleted before the bill was passed. The two cent coin became a reality only in 1864.
PR65 $8,625.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1836 P2C Two Cents, Judd-54, Pollock-57, Low R.6
An upright eagle with unfurled wings stands on a cloud, with the date below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA across the obverse border. The reverse features TWO CENTS in large, curved letters within a laurel wreath. The obverse design is reminiscent of the 'Small Eagle' motif from early silver coinage. Struck with medal turn in copper with a plain edge. The A in STATES is clumsily repunched over a T. Thick (55 to 60 grain) and thin (39 grain) varieties exist, however, the encapsulation prevents a weight measurement.
PR63 Red and Brown $5,175.00 (Jan 10, 2008 HA.com)
1836 P2C Two Cents, Judd-53, Pollock-54, Low R.6
The first pattern Two Cent design. The obverse has a small eagle that stands on a cloud, with the date below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the borders. The reverse has the denomination widely spaced within a peripheral laurel wreath. Struck in billon with a reeded edge. The NGC insert lists the weight as 59.3 grains, and the composition as 91% copper and 9% silver. A mahogany-brown specimen with generally smooth surfaces. The strike is slightly incomplete on the eagle's breast and the first half of the date.
PR63 $5,750.00 (Aug 9, 2007 HA.com)
1836 P2C Two Cent, Judd-54A, Pollock-57, R.6, PR61
Pattern two cent piece with a spread-winged eagle on the obverse and the date below. The reverse has TWO CENTS in the center and is surrounded by a laurel wreath. Struck in copper with a plain edge.
PR61 $6,325.00 (Aug 12, 2006 HA.com)
1836 P2C Two Cents, Judd-56A, Pollock-58, R.8, MS63
Two-cent pattern with a spread-winged eagle on the obverse and date below. The reverse shows TWO CENTS in the center, surrounded by a laurel wreath. Struck in white metal with a reeded edge. Both the USPatterns.com website and United States Pattern Coins by Judd and edited by Bowers suggests that the white metal pieces are restrikes; however, we aren't certain that is correct as there is no evidence (at least on this piece) of having been struck from a shattered obverse die, as with the pieces that are known to be restrikes from the late 1850s.