1943 1C MS (PCGS# 2711)

2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale #267

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1943 1C Cent--Struck on a Curacao 25 Cent Planchet--AU58 PCGS. Five months ago we offered for sale a coin that we believed unique, a 1943 Cent struck on a Quarter planchet from Curacao. That coin was damaged and was net graded Fine12 by ANACS. It brought $7,475 in our Central States Sale. Now, we have another and much finer example for your bidding consideration in the ANA Sale. For background purposes, we will repeat much of what was written in the Central States catalog: "This coin was born out of the turmoil of the Second World War. In the spring of 1940, Nazi Germany overran the Netherlands in a campaign that also saw the conquest of France and Belgium. The Dutch colonies of Surinam (in northern South America), Curacao (an island in the Caribbean Sea north of Surinam, and part of the Netherlands Antilles), and the Netherlands West Indies came under the protection of the Allied powers. Curacao was particularly important to the war effort, as its refineries delivered more than 60% of the oil used by the Allies. In addition to providing troops to protect Curacao's shores, the United States also produced coinage for the Dutch colony. In 1943, the Philadelphia Mint delivered 2.5 million 25 cent coins (KM-38) for shipment to Curacao. These coins also circulated in Surinam. "The United States Mint has produced coins for foreign governments at various times during its history, so the delivery of 25 cent coins for Curacao in 1943 is certainly not a unique or noteworthy event in and of itself. The hectic wartime production schedule of the Philadelphia Mint, and the corresponding erosion of its quality control, however, resulted in planchets being fed into the wrong coinage press. As clients of our recent auctions know, the introduction of copper planchets from the 1942 production run created the popular 1943 Copper cents. In the case of the present coin, it was a Curacao 25 cent planchet that accidentally found its way into a Lincoln cent press." This piece is far superio
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