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1944 Cent--Struck on a Zinc-Plated Steel Planchet--AU55 PCGS....

2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 7, 2010
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Location: Orlando, FL
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Famous 1944 Steel Cent, AU55
Prized Off-Metal Rarity
1944 Cent--Struck on a Zinc-Plated Steel Planchet--AU55 PCGS. The 1943 bronze cent and the 1944 steel cent are two sides of the same error: planchets left over from one year's cent coinage--bronze planchets from 1942, or steel planchets from 1943--carried over to the next year's production. Thus, a handful of 1943-dated cents were struck in bronze when they should have been made out of steel, and similarly, a handful of 1944-dated cents were struck in steel when they should have been made out of shellcase alloy.
This modestly worn 1944 steel cent has pale gray surfaces with minor spotting through the obverse fields and a reddish area at the loop of the R in AMERICA. While the portrait of Lincoln shows slight softness, owing to the harder-than-expected planchet, the lines of the wheat ears remain bold.
From The Alfred V. Melson Collection, Part One.

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