1873 Proof Shield Two Cent Value Facts:
1873 is a proof, Open 3, only and worth around $1,200 to $1,400 in PR12 (Proof) grade and can be worth at much as $2,000 to $2,500 in MS63 (Mint State). The coin is found circulated so it can be found graded in circulated grades. The Close 3 is worth a couple hundred dollars more and is considered a restrike.
The value will can increase if the coin is certified and graded by a reputable grading service. The value will be lower if the coin is damaged or cleaned in any way.
You will see that most Shield Two Cents for sell online will have some type of issue they will be either cleaned, scratched, pitted or corroded. You will need to closely examine the images to see the differences in color and “texture”, of a coin’s surface, among the different problems listed above.
1873 Proof Shield Two Cent value is also determined using three distinct grade conditions: RD (Red), RB (Red/Brown) and BN (Brown). Red condition grades are rare and are the most valuable while brown is the most common.
One of the most valuable 1873 Proof Shield Two Cent Small Motto was graded PR67 RD, Closed 3, by PCGS and sold for $48,875.