Custom Lucky Cents/ Encased Coins

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  1. ShinyCircles

    ShinyCircles Member

    I have been searching for a while now for a manufacturer that makes lucky cents, any leads?
     
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  3. DarkRage666

    DarkRage666 Ͳìɾҽժղҽʂʂ Ͳąҟҽղ ටѵҽɾ

    What is a so-called "lucky cent?"
     
  4. DarkRage666

    DarkRage666 Ͳìɾҽժղҽʂʂ Ͳąҟҽղ ටѵҽɾ

    Oh like this?
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  5. ShinyCircles

    ShinyCircles Member

    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. 8C755478-AF51-4E76-94AD-1C0596969E31.png
     
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  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    When I was a kid in the 50's on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, some of the penny arcades had machines that enabled you to make your own encased cent with your name on it.
     
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  7. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Can't find any. The most recent person I know of that has had encased coins made is Steve Ellsworth of Butternut coins. He had encased large cents made. You might try contacting him and see where he had them made.

    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.
     
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  8. ShinyCircles

    ShinyCircles Member

    Thank you
     
  9. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector Supporter

    i remember those!
     
  10. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Those used to be quite the rageS I remember my granddaddy having one with a wheat cent in it. I was jealous and wanted that wheat cent as a kid..... I don’t know that I have seen any that had been manufactured beyond maybe the early 1960’s or so.
     
  11. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector Supporter

    weirdos!
    is it safe to assume you bought the pet rock too?
     
  12. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Weirdo??? Nope, no pet rocks for me..... There were some cool collector coins entombed in those good luck tokens.
     
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  13. ShinyCircles

    ShinyCircles Member

    Strong agree
     
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  14. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Don't know of new ones as I like the older ones, like these:
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  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    PS Welcome to CT
     
  16. ShinyCircles

    ShinyCircles Member

    These are fantastic, I’ve yet to encounter a “bottle cap” lucky cent. Very neat. Thanks for the welcome!
     
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  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    They're out there so just keep your eyes open and hopefully you'll find one.:)
     
  18. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Got a reply back from Bryan Ryker

    Vintage Coin Concepts (This may also be 1997collectibles4u on ebay)

    https://ruefish.com/exposure-coins

    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.
     
  19. Numiser

    Numiser Well-Known Member

    The Farmers Almanac has a full page ad for lucky items at LuckShop.com.
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