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I will answer your questions about encased coins (lucky pennies), which are advertising and event tokens with coins, unually cents, struck with the token.

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Long time collector of encased coins and author of several articles on encased coins.


TAMS, ECI (Encased Collectors International)


TAMS -- several articles on encased coins, in particular the encased coins of the 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition
Casement -- many articles on encased coins

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Recent Answers from Jim Lawniczak

2017-01-18 Copper Wheat Penny:

Owen, it was copper all the years, the mint didn't change to the copper plated zinc until 1982.  My best guess is that someone planed off the date on your piece.  Look to see it that is so.  Or if your

2016-08-11 coin:

Ken, if you go to and do a search for "Ireland 1945 six pence" you'll see quite a few for sale and the price.  Please keep in mind that just because someone is asking for $400 or $103 doesn't

2016-08-01 1995 Proof Set Error:

Be sure, Will, not to break the packaging.  I would believe your set, if legitimate, would sell for a premium.  I couldn't find any examples of such an error or sales, but someone compiled a list of printing

2015-02-15 old penny:

Hello,  Delores, the "wheat backed" reverse on cents with Lincoln portrait on the obverse were made from 1909 to 1958.  So you wouldn't have any dated from the 1800s.  In 1851 the U.S. made a large cent

2015-02-06 quarters and pennies:

Patricia, with only a few exceptions double headed coins are magician trick coins for use in magic tricks.  They are made by hollowing out one side and putting another coin in.  Check the rim to see if


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