Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Giant Penny

Submitted by Allee Willis June 14th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

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.


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

  1. 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. ” So I’m thinking that some kind of big event took place in Los Angeles in 1920 and this was a souvenir.

  2. 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?