Complete US Mint Year Set (Foreign and Domestic) – 1942

The DJIA rose less than 6% for the year, but it was enough to signal the end of the Great Depression. Gold remained locked at $33.85, an artificial number it held for five years due to governmental stabilization efforts, while silver bounced sharply off its bottom advancing 27% to 44.8 cents, its highest level in six years.

The news was dominated by the war for the entire year beginning with the Rose Bowl being played on January 1st in North Carolina due to threats from Japan attacking the game by air. By June, Eisenhower was placed in command of US forces in Europe and FDR had ordered McArthur to Australia. Both Eisenhower and McArthur were later honored with coins bearing their likeness.

On June 30th, the branch mint in New Orleans closed, but the other mints continued to run at full-steam as the economy picked up. “War Nickels” came on-line giving numismatists seven nickels to collect their collections. With all the other coins, a collector would need the following 26 domestic coins and 32 foreign coins to fill out their collections:

  • Lincoln Cent – P, D, S, & Proof
  • Jefferson Nickel – P, D, “D over Horizontal D,” & Proof
  • Jefferson “War” Nickel – P, S, & Proof (35% silver)
  • Mercury Dime – P, D, S, 42/41 plain, 42/41 D, & Proof
  • Washington Quarter – P, D, S, DD Obverse Denver, & Proof
  • Walking Liberty Half – P, D, S, & Proof

Coins Minted in United States for Other Nations

Australia
  • 3 Pence, (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – D & S
  • 6 Pence, (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – D & S
  • 1 Shilling, (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – S
  • 1 Florin, (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – S
Bolivia
  • 10 Centavos (Zinc) – No mint mark but made in P
  • 20 Centavos (Zinc) – No mint mark but made in P
  • 50 Centavos (Bronze) – No mint mark but made in P
Netherlands for Curacao
  • 1 Cent (95% copper–5% tin & zinc) – P with palm tree.
Dominican Republic
  • 1 Centavo (95% copper, 5% zinc) – No mint mark but made in P.
  • 10 Centavos (56% copper, 35% silver, 9% manganese) – same as war nickels
  • 25 Centavos (56% copper, 35% silver, 9% manganese) – same as war nickels
Ecuador
  • 5 Centavos (brass) – No mint mark but made in P
Fiji
  • ½ Penny (brass with hole in center) – S, Mint mark on reverse below FIJI
  • 1 Penny (65% copper, 35% zinc) – S, mint mark on reverse above “Penny”
  • 6 Pence (90% silver, 10% copper) – S, mint mark on reverse to right and below last 2 #’s of date.
  • 1 Shilling (90% silver, 10% copper) – S mint mark on reverse above FIJI
  • 1 Florin (90% silver, 10% copper) – S
Netherlands East Indies
  • 1 Cent (95% copper, 5% tin) – P and palm
  • 1/10th Guilder (72% silver, 28% copper) – S and palm
  • 1/4th Guilder (72% silver, 28% copper) – S and palm
Peru

All 42′s have mint mark if from S, but not from P. (Brass-70% copper, 30% zinc)

  • 5 Centavos (brass) (Mil Novecientos Cuarenta Y Cuatro) S and plain
  • 10 Centavos (brass) (Mil Novecientos Cuarenta Y Cuatro) S and plain
  • 20 Centavos (brass) (Mil Novecientos Cuarenta Y Cuatro) S and plain
  • ½ Sol (brass) – S and plain
Salvador
  • 1 Centavo (95% copper, 5% zinc) – No mint mark, but made in P.
Surinam
  • 1 Cent (95% copper, 5% tin & zinc) – P and palm tree
  • 10 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P and palm
  • 25 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P and palm with mint mark.

Pattern Coins for 1942

  • J-2051: 1942 Cent, bronze
  • J-2052: 1942 Cent, brass
  • J-2053: 1942 Cent, zinc
  • J-2054: 1942 Cent, zinc-coated steel
  • J-2055: 1942 Cent, manganese
  • J-2056: 1942 Cent, white metal
  • J-2057: 1942 Cent, aluminum
  • J-2058: 1942 Cent, lead
  • J-2059: 1942 Cent, fibrous hard black plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2060: 1942 Cent, brown plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2061: 1942 Cent, lead gray plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2062: 1942 Cent, reddish brown plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2062: 1942 Cent, reddish brown plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2062: 1942 Cent, rust colored plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2063: 1942 Cent, light tan colored plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2063: 1942 Cent, dark tan colored plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2064: 1942 Cent, brass colored plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2065: 1942 Cent, transparent amber plastic (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2066: 1942 Cent, red fiber composition (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2067: 1942 Cent, bakelite (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2068: 1942 Cent, hard rubber (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2069: 1942 Cent, tempered glass (private striking from mint dies)
  • J-2079: 1942 Cent, 98% aluminum on thick 1.55 gram planchet (experimental piece)
  • J-2080: 1942 Cent, zinc coated steel (experimental piece)
  • J-2081: 1942 Cent, white metal (experimental piece)