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    1942 Cent Struck in Compression Molded Phenol
    Judd-2060, RB 42-57, SP66
    Produced by Durez Plastics

    1942 P1C Cent, Judd-2060, RB 42-57, Pollock-4035, Low R.7, SP66 PCGS. Part of the World War II effort to divert copper from the U.S. cent, this design was tried in various unusual materials, including red fiber and Bakelite. On the obverse the bust of Liberty faces right and is based on the KM-198 Columbia two centavos. On the reverse, the wreath and legend is adapted from the Baker-155 Washington medalet. World War II patterns have historically been little-studied, and to our knowledge only one reference has been published on this diverse series, that by Roger Burdette. We were suspicious of the Brown Plastic designation by PCGS and turned to Roger for expertise. He confirmed the composition was the same as another piece we recently handled, the one we sold in our September Long Beach Signature, lot 5152. The RB 42-57 pieces are made from compression molded phenol, manufactured by Durez Plastics and Chemical, Inc. This is an exceptionally attractive example with even brown surfaces and just a hint of the magenta color Roger mentions on page 90 of his reference. This example is featured on the PCGS Coin Facts website under Judd-2060. We note (and heartily endorse) the recent decision by PCGS to certify these pieces as Specimens, rather than Proof or Mint State.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ANA, PCGS# 12215)

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