1944-D 1C --Struck on a Zinc-Coated Steel Planchet--MS63 NGC. "These rare cents are offered too infrequently to establish any firm retail value ... " So Lange (2005) described the market for the off-metal cents of 1944, struck in the previous year's zinc-coated steel instead of the then-current shellcase alloy. Yet Heritage has had an uncommonly strong showing of such pieces in 2007. The Central States auction had two such coins, a 1944 and a 1944-D, while the June Long Beach sale had a 1944-D as well. Despite longstanding market conditions that had priced the 1944 steel cents well below their 1943 bronze counterparts, eager bidding has narrowed the gap in recent months, particularly for high-end representatives.