WHOLESALE 1000 BELGIUM COIN of LIBERATION (1944) by PHILADELPHIA MINT ZINC STEEL

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WHOLESALE – 1000 BELGIUM FIRST COINS of LIBERATION (1944) PRODUCED by PHILADELPHIA MINT – ZINC COATED STEEL MADE from USA PENNY PLANCHETTES of 1943 (WEIGHT 2.75 GMS; DIAMETER 19 MM) These make up a truly fascinating story wherein the vast majority of these coins did not enter circulation in Europe but ended up as ballast for elevators in several wartime buildings in Bruxelles. All of these coins are corroded in fact I have never seen one that was not unless chemically treated (and this can only last a few years) similar to the zinc coated steel cents of the USA. This is further explained by Walter Breen in his US & Colonial Coins book page 227. This lot is shows signs of corrosion and were atop the ballast cans and as such more exposed to the elements. The fact that these were made on this USA zinc/steel combination used just once (1943) in American history is unique in itself. There are ONE THOUSAND (1000) COINS in this LOT