The only known unbroken example of a 1942 experimental cent struck on
a glass planchet is set to cross the auction block Jan. 5 in Fort
Heritage Auctions is offering the piece during
its Platinum Night session at the Florida United Numismatists
convention in the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center.
The piece is graded and encapsulated Proof 64 by Professional Coin
In 1942, the U.S. Mint directed extensive experiments seeking
alternative coinage compositions that would conserve copper, tin and
nickel for critical wartime needs.
Experimental cents were produced in a variety of compositions,
including brass, zinc, lead, glass, hard rubber, plastic and Bakelite,
among other substances.
The experimental piece’s obverse design is copied from a Columbian
two-centavo coin and the reverse from a Washington medalet, Baker 155
(Medallic Portraits of Washington by W.S. Baker).
The glass piece being offered was produced by the Blue Ridge Glass
Company in Kingsport, Tenn. Because Blue Ridge could not heat the
glass and dies to very hot temperatures simultaneously, then allow the
glass to cool after striking, the resulting pieces exhibit soft
details and surface imperfections, according to the catalog.
No estimate is given for the cent.