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                                               Historic Glass U.S. Penny Sold for                    the  coin  represents  the  ingenuity  U.S.  Mint  officials  and
                                               $70,500 at Heritage Auctions                          private industry.
                                                                                                        Made of tempered, yellow-amber transparent glass by
                                                    Fort Lauderdale—  The only known surviving intact  the Blue Ridge Glass Company of Kingsport, Tennessee, the
                                               experimental all-glass penny, manufactured in 1942 sold for  coin auctioned is the only surviving example of two known to
                                               $70,500 in a Heritage Auction on Friday, January 6, 2017.   exist. The other is broken in half.
                                                   A war between a phone bidder and a floor bidder pushed     After  considering  various  alternatives,  such  as  glass,
                                               the cent’s  selling  price to  more than  double  its  $30,000  plastic and even rubber, the U.S. Mint eventually struck coins
                                               expected  value.  The  rare  penny  finally  was  won  by  an  made of zinc-coated steel in 1943.
                                               American collector bidding on the phone.
                                                                                                        The glass penny was one of many highlights of Heritage's
                                                  The one-of-a-kind  penny  was produced as a  possible  $65 million series of auctions of rare coins and vintage paper
                                               alternative to copper that was urgently needed during World  money held this week. For details and auction results visit
                                               War II. Although glass failed as a substitute for U.S. coinage,  Heritage Auctions website at

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