Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ShinyCircles, Mar 2, 2021.
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What is a so-called "lucky cent?"
Oh like this?
They are encased coins that were used as advertising purposes. The first encased lucky cents were made for the pan pacific expo in the early 1900’s, with the most being produced in the mid 50,s to advertise business. Most were inscribed with “keep me for good luck” or “keep me and never go broke” and would be used as “good for tokens” with the presentation of the piece. Here’s a photo of a more uncommon pocket mirror lucky cent.
Kelly Finnegan of Penny Press Mint that used to make them still appears to have a profile on Linkedin listing him as President but I don't have an account there so can't contact him.
I've also dropped a line to Bryan Ryker, who is a specialist on encased coins, to see if he knows anyone.
i remember those!
is it safe to assume you bought the pet rock too?
Weirdo??? Nope, no pet rocks for me..... There were some cool collector coins entombed in those good luck tokens.
These are fantastic, I’ve yet to encounter a “bottle cap” lucky cent. Very neat. Thanks for the welcome!
They're out there so just keep your eyes open and hopefully you'll find one.
Got a reply back from Bryan Ryker
Vintage Coin Concepts (This may also be 1997collectibles4u on ebay)
Actually both of these appear to be selling recently made encasements (at way too high a mark up) but I doubt they are making them themselves. You might try contacting them though and they might be able to give you a lead.
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