1943 Lincoln Cent 4-Piece Set
Experimental Zinc Test Blanks
Struck in February 1943 as Noted on the Insert

NGC
$3,000

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Included in this 1943 Lincoln Cent set are 4 blanks that were part of the metallurgical testing done by the Philadelphia Mint for an alternative to the pre-1943 bronze cent.

NGC previously certified a 5-piece NGC set from The Geyer Family Collection that included an experimental antimony test piece, a pattern and 3 blanks. It originally sold for $161,000.00 in the Heritage January 2010 FUN US Coin Auction in Orlando, FL. It later sold for $58,750.00 in the Heritage November 2013 US Coin Signature Auction in New York.

This 4-piece set represents a fascinating part of the Mint's history and production of experimental coinage. This exciting and historic set clearly illustrates the U.S. Mint's process in developing an alternative to the bronze cent due to the shortage of copper during World War II.

These 1943 1 Cent T-1 Zinc Blanks were struck in February 1943 as part of the experimental production of blank planchets by the U.S. Mint.


(1943) 1C T-1 Blank (2.6g) February 1943 NGC

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(1943) 1C T-1 Blank (2.7g) February 1943 NGC

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(1943) 1C T-1 Blank (2.6g) February 1943 NGC

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(1943) 1C T-1 Blank (2.6g) February 1943 NGC

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Featured on the cover of Mint Error News Magazine Issue 39

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Experimental Blanks

Recently PCGS and NGC have authenticated and certified experimental blanks and planchets struck at the U.S. Mint. These include Clad Ike dollar planchets with an experimental upset rim, a group of 1943 Lincoln cents including experimental blanks and planchets, unique experimental Ike dollar planchets with notations by the Mint on the planchets, a few Jefferson nickel planchets with an experimental finish and a unique Jefferson nickel planchet with an experimental rinse and a notation by the Mint on the planchet.

This is part of the U.S. Mint’s history and production of experimental coinage. These experimental blanks and planchets were previously unknown to the numismatic community.