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4 encased cents, reverse of indian head, off center, horseshoe and a vulcanite encased

Encased Dimes

Encased 1939 Dime - Obverse reads: "SILVER ANNIVERSARY / 1914 / 1939 / VIRGINIAN MIRROR CO."

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Encased 1939 Dime - reverse reads: "THE SOUTHS LARGEST MIRROR PLANT / MARTINSVILLE, VA."

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This page features encased dimes.

The Denominations Page shows that a wide variety of coin denominations have been used to make encased coins. When a coin of a larger denomination was encased it was in my estimation because the higher denomination coin added significance to the piece. In the case of the 1937 dime seen above it was the companies "silver" anniversary. It appears that they wanted to have something silver encased and the dime was the smallest silver coin available. With the "March of Dimes" encased the connection is obvious. But there is always a reason, obvious or not.

Horseshoe shaped (non-traditional) encasing a 1936 Roosevelt dime. Obverse reads: "THE EXCHANGE NATIONAL BANK - OF CHICAGO / GOOD / LUCK" holed for chain) (

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Reverse of 1946 dime encased horseshoe. Reverse reads: "130 SOUTH LASALLE STREET" (holed for chain)

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1953 brass encased Roosevelt dime. Round brass encasement 1.11 inches/28.3 mm in diameter. Obverse reads: "MARCH OF DIMES / FIGHT INFANTILE PARALYSIS"

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Reverse reads: "POLIO FIGHTER / 1954" (

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This piece was given I believe to individuals who collected money in the annual "March of Dimes" collection. As someone whjo grew up during this time I vividly remember the concern about polio and getting vaccinated. I have had the Sabin oral vaccine and several vaccine injections including one when I joined the U.S. Air Force in 1970. The encasement appears to be brass. The coin is a bit rough. While it is AU there is discoloration, but not true toning on the coin. Below is another polio encased.

1945 Dime in a Red Plastic encasement 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Obverse reads: "NATIONAL INFANTILE PARALYSIS FUND 1945"

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Reverse reads: "1882-1945" and has a bust of FDR in the middle and his signature at the bottom.

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I do not know when this piece was made, but due to the worn nature of the dime virsus the almost pristine look of the plastic encasement I guess that this was made in the 1950's.

On of the most popular encased dime is the irradiated dime made at Oak Ridge, TN. See Irridated Dimes for a complete discussion of the process and significance. Here are one to get you stsarted.

Obverse of 1857 dime in well worn condition. Clear date and stars.

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This is a side view showing the piece in 3 D view. Reverse is plain plastic.

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This is what appears to be a home made encased 1857 dime. The coin is encased in black plastic, perhaps vulcanite. It is .99 inches/25.2 mm in diameter and .30 inches/7.7 mm thick. I can only speculate as to when and why this was made. When? Anytime after 1857! Why? As a game piece? Checkers? Your guess is as good as mine. But it is fun to speculate and fun to own!

1948 Dime encased in shape of the state of Wisconsin - Obverse reads: "FORWARD". At the bottom "WISCONSIN / STATE CENTENNIAL. A badger and a "wood violet" are depicted at the top left. Around the cent is "1848" on left and "1948" on the right."

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Reverse reads: At top "OFFICIAL SOUVENIR" "KEEP ME FOR GOOD LUCK" then ON EACH SIDE OF THE COIN ARE FOUR LEAF CLOVERS. at the bottom "WISCONSIN / CENTENNIAL / EXPOSITION / AUG. 7-29, 1948" (

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This is a unique piece in that it has a dime encased and it is in the shape of the state of Wisconsin. also, the encasement appears to be brass.

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