This year shows experiments by the mint and outside contracted companies to come up with a substitute for the copper cent. The copper was needed for the World War II effort.
The dies below, made by John R. Sinnock were copies of a Columbian 2 centavo obverse and a reverse copied from a Washington medal Baker 155 J2051/P2073
It was struck by the mint in various non-copper metals and by outside companies in various plastics.
The other piece which may be expermental is a regular Lincoln cent struck in 95% tin and 5% copper J2081/P2077
It is also possible that this is some sort of mint error.
Photos used are courtesy of Bowers and Merena and Heritage.
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