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U.S. Patterns on Sale Friday Night in Long Beach

Heritage Sells Aluminum 1942 Lincoln Cent Pattern

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A nice run of 45 choice United States patterns goes on sale through Heritage Auction at the Long Beach Expo on Firday night. This group includes some very rare patterns, 3 and 4 four know examples of some types, and many are the finest know pieces.

Included in this group is the Judd-2079 plain edge 1942 Lincoln cent struck on a nearly double thick aluminum planchet. According to the new 10th edition United States Pattern Coins book, commonly known as the Judd book, this pattern was said to have been struck in several different metals, only three of which are know to exist today; aluminum, zinc-coated steel and white metal. This particular piece has been graded PR66 by PCGS and is listed in the 10th edition Judd as R-8, indicating 2 to 3 known examples.

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This is a rare opportunity for collectors of U.S. patterns and one that should not be missed. The Hertiage website shows 12 internet bidders already participation in this lot's sale, plus an additional 55 watchers. Current bid is at $85,000 as of this posting, but once it gets to live auction tomorrow night in Long Beach, I would expect some serious competition to ensue.