1864 2C, SMALL MOTTO MS65 Red
SMALL MOTTO. GEM RED LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE VARIETY FOR THIS INAGURAL RELEASE TWO-CENT PIECE. CAC.
In 1864, Confederates in Fort Turnbull was preparing to face an assault by the Union Army. The underequipped Confederates burned logs and placed them around the fort in hopes that Union scouts would mistake them for cannons and believe the fort was too heavily armed to attack. One of the Confederate officers reportedly called the plan a “Humbug” that would never work. This 1864 two-cent coin recalls the ingenious Confederate plan that successfully deterred an attack and the change of the fort’s name to Fort Humbug.