Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Experimental ’42 glass cent, $70,500, Heritage Auctions

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by Ken Hall

The only known surviving intact experimental all-glass cent coin, manufactured in 1942 as an alternative to copper, which was urgently needed during World War II, sold for $70,500 at an auction held Jan. 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.), as part of the annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention. Made of tempered, yellow-amber transparent glass by the Blue Ridge Glass Company (Kingsport, Tenn.), the coin is one of only two known. The other one is broken in half.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Experimental ’42 glass cent, $70,500, Heritage Auctions