1942 P1C Brown Plastic One Cent, Judd-2060, Pollock-4035, Low R.7

A privately made pattern struck from special Mint dies. The obverse shows a head of Liberty facing right, LIBERTY left and JUSTICE right, with the date below. The center of the reverse reads UNITED STATES MINT and is surrounded by a wreath. This particular piece is struck from brown plastic and has a plain edge. The brown surfaces have an underlying sparkle, undoubtedly from the plastic composition.

PR65 $8,625.00 (Feb 14, 2008 HA.com)
1942 P1C One Cent Pattern, Judd-2054, Pollock-2074, R.8

An experimental piece that was struck in various metals at the mint and in various plastics by private firms as a possible replacement for copper, tin, and nickel which were needed in World War II. The obverse design was apparently copied from the Columbian two centavo and the reverse from a Washington medalet (Baker-155). Struck in zinc-coated steel with a plain edge.

MS61 $8,625.00 (Jan 25, 2006 HA.com)
1942 1C Cent, Judd-2063, Pollock-4035, Low R.7

Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock is credited with the designs. The obverse resembles the Columbian two-centavo. The reverse has a peripheral wreath enclosing a three line legend. The types are similar in placement to the Lincoln cent. Struck in tan plastic with a plain edge.

PR65 $4,025.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1942 1C One Cent, Judd-2056, R.7

1942 1C One Cent, Judd-2056, R.7, AU58 PCGS. The obverse features a woman's bust right, derived from the Colombian two centavo piece. The reverse displays UNITED/STATES/MINT within a wreath. Struck in white metal with a plain edge. In his 1994 reference on patterns, Andrew W. Pollock, III wrote, "Although the experimental pieces produced in plastic and glass were manufactured by private firms, it is known that at least some, and possibly all, of the metallic pieces were produced within the Mint itself." The experiments culminated in the 1943 steel cents. PCGS has certified just three examples in all grades. This is an evenly struck slate-gray example, granular as made.

AU58 $5,175.00 (Aug 9, 2007 HA.com)
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