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    Possibly Unique 1943 Cent Struck Over Cuba 1 Centavo Coin

    1943 1C Cent--Struck Over Cuba 1 Centavo Piece--MS62 PCGS. We are pleased to offer for sale a coin that we believe unique, a 1943 Cent struck over a Cuban 1 Centavo coin. The United States mint has produced coins for foreign governments at various times during its history, so the production of 1 Centavo coins for Cuba in 1943 is certainly not a unique or noteworthy event in and of itself. The hectic wartime production schedule of the Philadelphia mint, and the corresponding erosion of its quality control, however, resulted in planchets being fed into the wrong coinage press. As clients of our many auctions know, the introduction of copper planchets from the 1942 production run created the ever-popular 1943 copper Cents. In the case of the present coin, it was an already struck Cuban 1 Centavo coin that somehow found its way into a Lincoln Cent press.
    This piece is quite dramatic in appearance with the Cuban star centered under the effigy of Lincoln on the obverse. The peripheral lettering and (1943) date are all prominently visible. The real mystery continues on the reverse. The Cent was struck with a "medallic turn" of the dies -- 180 degrees from the standard "coin turn" as is used on all American coins. Few (if any) 1943 Cents are known with "medallic" die alignment, and what are the odds of this occurring when the coin was being struck over a previously struck coin from another country?
    The 1 Centavo coin is struck on a brass planchet and the color has muted somewhat over the years. A small area of bubbly die rust is noted in the right obverse field above the Cent date. An exceedingly rare, possibly unique, coin for the error specialist.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 22E4, PCGS# 2711)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 100% Zinc Coated Steel

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2006
    4th-7th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
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