Featured civil war toy called a whizzer (1851 Large cent with two holes)

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Southernman189, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    Now I'm wondering if this rare 1797 NC-5 (R6) is a whizzer.

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  3. Moekeever

    Moekeever Well-Known Member

    I have several, here is an 1850 LC.
    They could have been made for other uses also.

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  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

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  5. Southernman189

    Southernman189 Active Member

    Thank you for showing that. Many folks today have no clue what that is now they can make their on to get in trouble with and get a friction burn or two. I know I got mine lol
  6. Southernman189

    Southernman189 Active Member

    Kids today have no imagination. if it don't have batteries or plugs in a wall they are lost. I kinda feel sorry for them. we played "mumbly peg" and ran the creeks and woods. they might get dirty doing that lol
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  7. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    I wonder if someone was going to make a whizzer from this coin and gave up:

    Portugal 10 reis 1764 with two holes
    Copper, 33 mm, 11.02 gm

  8. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Whizzers date back well before the civil war.

    And on that last piece the attempted holes are really too close together to make a good whizzer. Optimum would probably be to have the holes about halfway between the center and the rim. Too close and it reduces the torque for the rotation, too far out and it will dampen the vibration that makes the "whizz".
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  9. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Another use would be to chain them together for a bracelet.

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  10. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Seems that I remember something like that contraption from Disneys' 'Westward Ho the Wagons' back when I was a wee lad..........
  11. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    No,no, no...not going to say anything snarky...
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  12. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    It was in a scene when they met up with some Indians........totally going on vague memory.

    And please note fellows: I didn't say Injuns.......politically correct pukes can go fish.
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  14. Black Friar

    Black Friar Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks Southernman, you just solved a puzzle for me. I have two cwt's that I purchased in a small group at a local coin show late last year. One is an "Our Little Monitor" the only cwt I collect. The other a common variety. I will photo them (when I find them in my safety deposit box material) and post them. What a story they could tell.

    I had forgotten all about "whizzers", thanks for the memory reload. Happy New Year.
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  15. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast

    Very interesting! I've seen this on coins dating back to the 1700s.

    Also notable is that some large cents were made into pie crimpers. These are very collectible.
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  16. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I remember the large button version of that. My mom had a box full of old buttons (hey, who knows when you'll need one). Remember those old wooden tops with metal tips? Heck, kids today would be losing eyes everyday!
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  17. Searcher64

    Searcher64 Member

    We did the same thing with buttons. Some of the old coin as used were also some were used as dog tags, as well as a game tool. We also use them with a wire, and placed them in an envelope. Fun!
  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Unfortunately you can't hear that one buzz. Only their background music.

    The whole "buzzer" thing reminds me of the aboriginal Australian bullroarers. Different kind of noisemaker, and bigger, but a similar principle.

  19. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    It could have been, though maybe those holes are a bit widely spaced. Dunno.

    But now you could put a hole at the top part of the PCGS slab, put that on a string, and make it into a small bullroarer (see video above). ;)

    Bracelet coins like the ones in the picture @Kentucky posted are another reason for two holes on the sides of a coin, but of course those almost always have their holes close to the edge.
  20. Southernman189

    Southernman189 Active Member

    I heard that sound just fine. Heard that first on Crocodile Dundee Movie
  21. Southernman189

    Southernman189 Active Member

    well heard the bullroarer just fine anyway.
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