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Washington, D.C. Lucky Penny

Object Number: 
1966.102
Date: 
1927
Medium: 
Cooper-plated pewter
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 13/16 in. ( 7.1 cm )
Description: 
Copper-plated pewter struck medal with obverse showing clothed bust of Abraham Lincoln facing right with legend: "LUCKY PENNY" and date "1927" to the right of bust. Reverse depicts the Capitol Building in central roundel inscribed "CAPITOL" below and surrounded by laurel wreath; legend: "SOUVENIR/OF/ WASHINGTON/D.C."
Gallery Label: 
Medals known as "lucky pennies" have been sold at souvenir stands from 1913 to the present. Most of these pieces picture heads of Native Americans or a bust of Abraham Lincoln, as does this example.
Credit Line: 
Estate of Henry O. Havemeyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group