Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Giant Penny

Allee Willis
Submitted by Allee Willis June 14th, 2010
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As you can tell from the photo, this “Lucky Penny” souvenir of Los Angeles is substantially larger than the real thing. It’s also so incredibly heavy that I suspect if I melted down it could pay for someone’s college education. Although it’s dated 1920 it was made in the 1960’s. I’m not quite sure what the tie in was between a penny and Los Angeles but I’ve always felt incredibly lucky to live in LA so I maybe it’s just as simple as that.

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2 Responses to “Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Giant Penny”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    I think I’m retracting what I said in this post about this being from the 1960’s. Based on a comment someone left on my Kitsch O’ The Day blog I think it might actually be from 1920, the date on the coin. Mountain Annie wrote: “Lucky You! The ad is for a different year but 1920 Denver is mentioned.
    http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/lg-souv-lucky-penny-1915-panama-pac-expo-san ” So I’m thinking that some kind of big event took place in Los Angeles in 1920 and this was a souvenir.

  2. denny

    denny

    This is absolutely a cool piece considering how I grew up in a family who loved collecting their coins! Wait til you see my “house of ill repute” token that I submitted here…..not really a coin per say, but a very cool piece. This coin looks like it came out around the time that Hollywood was “busting out” and the business was attracting people from all over. Maybe this was a tourist souvenir?