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    1942 Experimental Glass Cent, MS64
    RB 42-70-X-1, Early Trial Impression

    1942 1C Experimental Amber Glass Cent, RB 42-70-X-1, R.8, MS64 NGC. 1.06 grams, 20.89 mm. (vertical), Specific Gravity 2.50. In response to the offering of a single intact Blue Ridge Glass Corporation glass cent in the Heritage Auctions' January 2017 FUN Platinum Night Sale, nine additional pieces came to light. Although this example and those to follow are cataloged with nearly identical reference numbers, each is slightly different. All of these pieces were examined and authenticated by Roger W. Burdette, author of United States Pattern & Experimental Pieces of WW-II. The differences will be discussed in each description. During his study, Burdette determined the approximate order of production, and that order is followed in this presentation. A 10th example, the previously known broken glass cent, is from a different source and illustrates the finished product.

    This example, produced in yellow-amber glass, has faint impressions from John Sinnock's experimental obverse and reverse dies. A faint outline of Liberty's portrait is visible on the obverse, while portions of the right branch of the wreath are evident on the reverse. The date and all inscriptions are absent. There is no rim and the edge is rough, having no attempt at finishing for a smooth surface. This piece shows minimal microscopic cracks, bubbles, and surface irregularities that are consistent with the production in glass. Burdette reports:

    "This item is consistent with testing of manufacturing processes prior to production of complete glass experimental pieces for delivery to the United States Mint headquarters in Washington, DC. The impression is very faint and largely incomplete. This, when combined with unusual thinness suggests experimentation with impressing directly on thin glass without incorporating a rim. Thinness of the piece likely accounts for most of the light yellow-amber color of the piece, although use of a different batch of glass cannot be ruled out. This piece is also only about one millimeter thicker than the flange seen on other items in this group. Its thickness resembles that of the standard United States one-cent coin of 1942."


    From The Glynn Collection.


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