Featured Coins in Movies - The Ultimate Example - Gold Diggers of 1933

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  1. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    I have been looking at appearances of coins and numismatic items in films
    for some time, and I have found the best one:

    "Gold Diggers of 1933"

    What more could one ask for, chorus girls, Busby Berkeley, Ginger Rogers,
    Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and the hit songs "We're in the Money",
    "Petting in the Park", and "Remember my Forgotten Man".

    The girls show us the money:

    Chorus girls sing "We're in the Money"

    "We're in the Money" (by Harry Warren and Al Dubin)
    The long lost dollar has come back to the fold
    With silver you can turn your dreams to gold
    We're in the money We're in the money
    We've got a lot of what it takes to get along!
    We're in the money, the sky is sunny.
    Old Man Depression, you are through, you done us wrong!

    Ginger Rogers and the chorus girls line up

    The coin props are apparently based on the Charles Barber design used for
    United States silver coins from 1892 to 1916.
    Some of these coins would have still been in circulation in 1933.

    More details on this film and others on my website under "Coins in Movies".

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  3. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    There's nothing better than a good old movie, they just don't make them like that anymore. So where's your website? :cool:
  4. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    In his signature line
  5. longnine009

    longnine009 Darwin has to eat too. Supporter

  6. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

  7. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    The studio issued a cartoon to go along with the film.
    It was also titled "We're in the Money".

    Cartoon Title

    Cartoon Coins

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  8. josh's coins

    josh's coins Well-Known Member

    Coins can also be found in video games. I remember that in Hitman Absolution 47 (the protagonist) is given a Morgan Dollar from his former handler.
  9. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    in the movie Cinderella Man there was a Peace Dollar in the bucket of ice water. It was used to control the swelling
  10. Byron L Reed

    Byron L Reed Junior Member

    The whole theme in 1933 was nothing but propaganda.

    "The long lost dollar has come back to the fold
    With silver you can turn your dreams to gold."

    As gold was being stolen from the population, there was little other option.
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  11. JPeace$

    JPeace$ Coinaholic

    In Secretariat, they used a Morgan Dollar for the annual coin flip.
  12. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion

    How about coins in TV Shows.

    In the opening sequence for Masters of Se-ex, there's a spot where a quarter is being inserted into a vending machine. Unfortunately, it has the obverse for a State/Territorial/ATB Quarter. Certainly not representative of the Era for the Masters and Johnson Books.
  13. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    ...gold was being stolen from the population

    That's why they're called Golddiggers.

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  14. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Gold was never stolen from the population. It was "called in" by the government but it was also paid for at the current price. it was not stolen or confiscated.

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    Those Golddiggers would look better without all that money :D
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  16. Byron L Reed

    Byron L Reed Junior Member

    If one is compelled against their will to relinquish property for less than its fair value under threat of imprisonment, I call that stealing. If I went into the coin shop and "called in" some eagles by imposing terms, I'd be arrested immediately.
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  17. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    But they weren't compelled to relinquish it for less than its fair value, they were paid the market rate for the gold. Gold coins of "recognized numismatic value" which was defined as coins minted before April 1933 did not have to be turned in so there was no compulsion to turn them in for less than their value there either.

    There were also ways of getting around having to turn in other items that had value well in excess of their gold content as well. Art object, jewelry etc.
  18. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I was unaware that the government was paying "fair market value" for gold coins. If I had lived back then, and even today, the only person that knows what we have in gold or gold coins is my wife and, having been a teacher for over 30 years, she didn't trust anyone, and would not have told anyone about the gold or anything else of value we have. We were both brought up very poor. Both of our fathers were alcoholics and could not be trust. I am sure there were many U.S. Citizens that did not turn in their gold nor ship it to Europe. I guess it only depends on a matter of trust.
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  19. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Supporter! Supporter

    Actually, they were paid the statutory rate of the United States, $20.67 an ounce. The actual market price for gold was closer to $30/oz. globally.

    It's one of the reasons why the UK was forced off the gold standard in 1931.
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  20. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    You must have seen the movie.

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  21. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Average Circulated Supporter

    I've seen the movie a couple of times on TCM. Those pre-code movies can be fun, that one certainly is. Sad to think all of those lovely dancers are over 100 years old now. :nailbiting:
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