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    Posted 3 months ago

    Bugguy
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    I received this brass encased 1920D penny when I was a child... From Chicago in the 1950's, it has so far defied an explanation of why or what it was used for. I posted it on Collectors Universe and saw postings for a 1919 penny and 1907 and 1900 Indian Head pennies. Those coins had the same brass case, but had 3 holes drilled equidistant around the coin.

    Any thoughts? Not a gear, not a car distributor points gap, a spacer???

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 months ago
      I remember this design from when I was a kid ( also 1950's ) I think I still have one in the original packet, unopened they came in. They were a fad sort of. Some had different thickness fingers and were actually a feeler gauge for spark plugs some were screw drivers to remove small screws. I'll see if I can find mine and if so post the name on the package. I won't open it because I will be giving it to my 13 year old collector grandson.
    2. Bugguy Bugguy, 3 months ago
      fhrjr2 - That idea was tossed around on line (https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1001507/encased-coins-and-a-mystery) It would be interesting if you could finally clear up their use. I'll keep watching.
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 months ago
      Haven't been able to go find it yet. Youngest son up north was put in hospital last night so been otherwise occupied. Will do my best to have a look for it today.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 3 months ago
      I remember similar ones (with small hole) in the 70s sold as key chain screwdrivers.

      scott

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