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    1942 Cent Pattern, Judd-2081, MS64
    Struck in White Metal, Extremely Rare

    1942 1C One Cent, White Metal, Judd-2081, Pollock-2077, High R.7, MS64 PCGS. CAC. 93% Tin, 7% Antimony. 3.9 gm. The Judd-2081 and Pollock-2077 numbers are used generically for 1942 Lincoln cents struck in white metal, but the metallic compositions of the few known specimens could (and do) vary. These metallurgical trial pieces are very rare and complement nicely the incredible run of off-metal error bronze 1943 and steel 1944 cents in this Platinum Night session. The Mint was engaged in an extensive program of experimentation not only with differing metallic compositions to conserve copper -- a strategic wartime material -- but also with complete substitutes to metal including plastic, fiber, ceramic, and glass. According to USPatterns.com, "only two or three are known," although we offer two examples in the present sale. These coins employ the regular Lincoln cent dies of 1942 but are struck in the white metal composition. Andrew Pollock writes in his pattern reference that he believes these pieces were struck before August 1942.

    The PCGS number 62400 is a catch-all number for "1942 Experimental Cent Pattern, White Metal"; an AU58 example certified at PCGS under this number is actually a Judd-2056 cent, an entirely different design with the female head of Liberty facing right and wreath on the reverse framing UNITED / STATES / MINT, based on the Colombian two centavo. PCGS shows two other examples certified in MS64 and MS65, and those are the two Judd-2081 examples of the Lincoln cent design in white metal in this Platinum Night.

    This piece is struck somewhat off-center towards 4:30 on the obverse, while the reverse is centered. Both sides show finning or shelflike protrusions at the edges. Lavender and blue patina shows on surfaces that otherwise are largely silver-white with a golden tinge. An interesting piece from this historic World War II experimental era. Population: 1 in 64, 1 finer (11/15).
    Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2APG, PCGS# 62400)


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    January, 2016
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