‘King of Elongated Coins’ up for auction from the 1904 World’s Fair

News

Image from Scotsman Coin

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Have you ever gone to the zoo or a museum and received a stretched coin as a souvenir? Well, the “The King of Elongated Coins” from the 1904 World’s Fair is up for auction and the lot including two other coins could be worth up to $4,000.

Over 100 years ago there were machines along the midway at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis making coins for keepsakes. The Pike Souvenir elongated cent was made from a 1904 Indian Head cent.

The midway is also known as “The Pike.” So, the image of the Pike fish on the coin and the name of the coin are a play on words.

The coin is in excellent condition. The auction’s description describes the cent as one of the finest graded by the  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation:

“Obviously rolled and then put away into careful storage, the surfaces exhibit substantial mint orange — is that the proper way to describe color after a cent has been elongated? — and the Indian design itself remains plainly discernible on the reverse, itself still showing a lot of orange color.”

You can see the coin on July 23 at Scotsman Coin & Jewelry’s Midwest Summer Sale. It will be at the Saint Charles Convention Center in Saint Charles along with the Missouri Numismatic Society’s convention. Online bidding is underway now.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Popular

Latest News

More News