1942 P1C Pattern Cent, Judd-2053, Pollock-Unlisted, R.8--Environmental Damage--NCS. AU Details. A large bust of Liberty fac...
Extremely Rare Zinc 1942 Pattern Cent, Judd-20531942 P1C Pattern Cent, Judd-2053, Pollock-Unlisted, R.8--Environmental Damage--NCS. AU Details. A large bust of Liberty faces left. She is surrounded by the peripheral legends LIBERTY, JUSTICE, and 1942. The reverse has a peripheral wreath with UNITED/STATES/MINT centered therein. These dies are known to pattern specialists, as they were used to strike experimental pieces of various alloys, such as plastic, Bakelite, hard rubber, and even tempered glass. Most of these pieces were eventually destroyed. Struck in zinc alloy with a plain edge. NCS enlisted the services of Ledoux & Company to provide a semi-quantitative x-ray metallurgical analysis of the present piece. The alloy is 92.2% zinc, 7.3% iron, 0.3% copper, and 0.1% nickel. Judd-2053 is listed as Unique in the eighth edition of Judd. The U.S. government, of course, was at war in 1942, and copper was a crucial metal needed for ammunition among other uses. Patterns were produced to find substitutes for copper in the cent, culminating in the 1943-dated zinc-plated steel cents. This slate-gray example displays extensive deeper-gray corrosion, which appears to be inactive. A few pinscratches are noted near Liberty's forehead. (PCGS# 62298)
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