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    1944 Steel Cent, MS61
    One of the True Keys to the Small Cents
    Ex: Bob Simpson

    1944 1C Struck on a Zinc-Coated Steel Planchet MS61 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. This Philadelphia Mint 1944 steel cent is one of three Mint State examples in this Platinum Night auction, all pedigreed to the celebrated Bob Simpson Collection. This amazing Platinum Night auction also includes D- and S-mint 1944 steel cents and a 1943 bronze cent from the Simpson Collection, plus a 1943-S bronze cent from a different consignor.

    The 1943 bronze cents have claimed the lion's share of publicity over the years, but the 1944 steel cents remain underrated to this day. The first 1944 steel cent was discovered in 1945 by Richard Fenton, but that piece was not documented or publicized about 10 years later, by which time other "discoveries" had been announced. The 1944 steel cents are more "available" (yet still quite rare!) than their 1943 bronze cent counterparts, but the two have much in common. Not only are both off-metal error coin types associated with World War II and its concomitant history, but they are regularly collected alongside their nonerror counterparts in the Lincoln cent series, probably the most-pursued American coin series overall.

    The 1943 bronze cents and the 1944 steel cents complement each other. Any Lincoln cent collector who pursues a 1943 bronze cent (of whatever mint) will also want a 1944 steel cent, and vice versa.

    Just ask Bob Simpson.

    His finest Registry Set of Mint State 1943-PDS bronze cents and 1944-PDS steel cents will almost certainly never again be equaled or surpassed. With the offering of his 1944-D steel cent in MS62 in this Platinum Night and his incredible 1944-S steel cent in MS66 PCGS -- the finest certified steel cent from any mint -- it appears that Mr. Simpson nonetheless still retains, for the time being, his complete Mint State set of 1943-PDS bronze cents. An AU58 PCGS 1943 bronze cent, also in the current auction, is his duplicate coin.
    For potential bidders who already own a 1943 bronze cent, this piece poses an attractive chance to acquire its complement. The surfaces are strictly Mint State, and even a small abrasion behind Lincoln's head and a few scattered dark flecks cannot detract much from either the aesthetic appeal of this lustrous coin, or from its great rarity.

    In the U.S. small cent series, only the 1943 bronze cents and the 1944 steel cents are tremendous rarities. This is a chance to acquire one of the true keys to the Lincoln cents. Population: 1 in 61, 3 finer (11/15).
    Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 82722)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 100% Zinc Coated Steel


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2016
    6th-11th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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