Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1932 Lucky Tillicum tokens

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  1. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    I have had this token since the 1960's when I found it in a coin dealer's bin.

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    Obverse: LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT
    Reverse: PROSPERITY / 1933 / FOLLOW THE ROOSEVELT TRAIL

    It appears to be "German Silver" or silver-plated copper, is 27mm, and is somewhat worn.

    It was probably issued as a political token for the 1932 US presidential election.

    Another Lucky Tillicum!

    Well, he won the election and I just received this token:

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    Obverse: LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT
    Reverse: A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / 1933 / CHICAGO / FOLLOW THE ROOSEVELT TRAIL

    Issued for the 1933 Chicago Exposition or World's Fair which was named "A Century of Progress".

    Now the big question is:

    What is a "Tillicum"?

    "Lucky Tillicum" was a popular expression at one time.

    The New York Times had a short article on the original token, dated October 7, 1932:

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    'Lucky Tillicum' Pocket Pieces To Aid the Roosevelt Campaign
    Special to the New York Times:

    The word is from the Indian, signifying good luck.

    The slogan, it was said, was fashioned by Colonel Edward M. House.
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    Colonel House was President Wilson's number one assistant.

    :)
     
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  3. marid3

    marid3 Member

    Very cool - thanks for posting. I'd love to come across something like this!
     
  4. FmrFiatFollower

    FmrFiatFollower Note-orious & Numismatic

    Tillicum means "a friend" (informally)--in the US and Canada. In Chinook it means kin, especially as distinguished from chiefs.

    So my guess is it would mean "Lucky Friend".

    Great piece!
     
  5. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    This thread was mentioned today in The E-Sylum, an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.

    The E-Sylum issue is Volume 24, Number 42, October 17, 2021 and can be found at:
    https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n42.html

    For fans of "Lucky Tillicums" I have added this one:

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt "Lucky Tillicum" Coin - US Capitol and Dirigible
    Brass, 32 mm, 12.86 gm

    The dirigible is probably the US Navy rigid airship USS Akron which was built by the Goodyear-Zeppelin company and launched in 1931.

    :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2021
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  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    @willieboyd2
    I just gave you your first like for this old thread from 2012 ;)
     
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