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    1942 Judd-2081 Cent Pattern, MS65
    Struck in White Metal
    Extremely Rare, Sole Finest at PCGS

    1942 1C One Cent, White Metal, Judd-2081, Pollock-2077, High R.7, MS65 PCGS. CAC. This piece comes with no specific chemical composition beyond the "white metal" description of PCGS and Judd, although a second piece of the same designation in this Platinum Night session is given as 93% tin, 7% antimony. Antimony is a curious element to incorporate into coinage, as it is a lustrous "metalloid," silvery but brittle, usually found in nature as the sulfide mineral called stibnite. Alloying with a metal such as tin, in this case, improve's the properties. These pieces were part of the Mint's extensive experimentation with alternatives to copper -- a strategic material needed for munitions cases for the World War II effort -- in the cent. These employ the regular Lincoln cent dies of 1942 with a plain edge but are struck in white metal. USPatterns.com posits that only two or three are known, none of them struck from proof dies.

    Roger Burdette's United States Experimental and Trial Pieces of WW-II shows two examples of the 1942 Lincoln cent on page 72, one in the same 93% tin/7% antimony alloy as another lot in this Platinum Night, the second in a 95% tin, 5% zinc alloy. Burdette notes that these were "one of several tin-based alloys probably tested." The latter-depicted coin appeared in the Stack's Samuel Berngard and S.S. New York Collections sale (Stacks Bowers, 7/2008) as lot 4253, where it realized $86,250.

    This piece shows beautiful patina over problem-free surfaces that are largely silver-white. Some die striations on the coat shoulder are as struck and also appear on the Stack's coin mentioned above. Population: 1 in 65, 0 finer (11/15).
    Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection.

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


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