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(1967) General Motors Roller Cent Pattern P-4060 PCGS MS66RB SOLD
(1967) General Motors Roller Cent Pattern P-4060 PCGS MS66RB
In or about 1967, General Motors received a contract from the United States Mint to test a new method of cent production. This new process involved the minting of cents on a large roller press with multiple dies in an effort to mint larger quantities of cents at a faster rate. During the testing, General Motors used dies designed by Frank Gasparro with a young female head on the obverse and nonsensical lettering and numbering on both sides. The obverse of each of the coins made during these tests is also marked with a number and a letter corresponding to the position of the die in the press. These pieces are listed in the Pollock reference on United States Patterns and Related Issues and are cataloged as P-4060 and are quite popular with collectors of patterns and collectors of cents. This example of the General Motors Roller Cent Test Piece has been graded MS66RB by PCGS and is encapsulated in the newer-style edge-view holder. The coin is marked with 29 and L on the obverse, meaning that it was struck by the 29th die on the left side of the press. The coin is also marked with an S though I am not certain what that marking means. Given the amazing look and preservation of this piece, perhaps the marking means special or specimen. Very few of these General Motors test cents survive in gem condition. In fact, this is by far the highest graded PCGS graded example. The next closest graded coins are two coins grading MS63RB and a single example grading MS64RD. This example is in remarkable condition with amazing eye appeal. The piece is fully toned with beautiful color, particularly the obverse color with deep purple, pink and blue. The fields are also slightly prooflike in appearance and there are only a few small marks that are noticed on a very close inspection. One of the top, if not the very best, examples of the General Motors Roller Cent.
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