Washington, D.C. Lucky Penny
diameter: 2 13/16 in. ( 7.2 cm )
Copper-plated pewter struck medal with obverse showing head of Native American in traditional feather headdress facing left with legend: "LUCKY PENNY" and date "1927" at center below bust. Reverse depicts the Capitol Building in central roundel inscribed "CAPITOL" below and surrounded by laurel wreath; legend: "SOUVENIR/OF/WASHINGTON/D.C."
Medals known as "lucky pennies" have been sold at souvenir stands from 1913 to the present. Most of these pieces picture a bust of Abraham Lincoln or heads of Native Americans, as does this example.
Estate of Henry O. Havemeyer
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