1943 Lincoln Cent
Struck on a Surinam 25 Cent Planchet
3.6 Grams .61 Silver / .36 Copper
2 Known Ex: Fred Weinberg
PCGS AU 55
Price On Request
This is a world-class 1943 Lincoln Cent major mint error. It's many times rarer than the 1943 copper Cent. There are only 2 known 1943 Cents struck on Surinam 25 Cent planchets.
The United States Mint has produced coins for foreign governments at various times during its history. During World War II the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia struck 1943 dated coins for the Netherlands, intended for circulation in their territories of Surinam and Curacao. These blank planchets weighed 3.575 grams, had a diameter of 19 mm, and the composition was 64% silver and 36% copper.
Below is the Surinam/Curacao 1943 25 Cent struck at the Philadelphia Mint with a mintage of 2,000,000 for Surinam and a mintage of 500,000 for Curacao.
In 1940, Nazi Germany defeated the Netherlands during the War. The Dutch territories of Surinam (in northern South America) and Curacao (an island in the Caribbean Sea north of Surinam and part of the Netherlands Antilles) were protected by the Allied forces. Subsequently the U.S. Mints struck coins for these countries during the War.
According to public auction records since World War II (75 years) PCGS and NGC have just authenticated and certified a total 5 of 1943 Lincoln Cents struck from blank planchets from these countries.
There is one known struck on a Netherlands 25 Cent planchet that sold in a Heritage Auction for $24k certified by NGC as MS 61. Although this coin is damaged with a clearly visible X cut, it was not net graded by NGC. It was pedigreed to the Albert Michael Pratt collection. According to the Heritage Auction write-up,
"We would like to emphasize that there was a great deal of experimentation going on in the Mint during World War II, and this piece might have been part of the tests conducted in 1942 and 1943. The strike details are crisp overall, and there are only a couple of small patches of the underlying silver that show through the copper on each side. Apparently someone else was unsure of the composition and cut a long X into the right obverse field out from Lincoln's chin, but the underlying silver does not show in that area. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most intriguing errors we have seen in many years."
There are 2 known struck on Curacao 25 Cent planchets that have sold in public auctions. The most recent was the NGC certified XF 40 that was sold by Heritage Auctions for $14,950 in 2015.
There are only 2 known 1943 Cents struck on a Surinam 25 Cent planchets. The other one known in an ANACS Fine 12 Damaged Net Graded holder sold for $16,675 in a Bowers & Merena 2006 public auction. This one offered here is amazingly certified AU 55 PCGS and was in the Fred Weinberg Collection for over 20 years.
This 1943 Lincoln Cent struck on a Surinam planchet looks copper and does not look at all like the Surinam/Curacao 25 Cent piece photographed above. It is entirely possible that this piece is indeed on an experimental planchet and merits further investigation.
This extremely rare 1943 Lincoln Cent off-metal would be the highlight and centerpiece of a collection of Lincoln Cents, mint errors or coins struck during World War II.
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