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

Encased Newsletter v01n02

Offset Encased 1901 Cent

Obverse reads: - GOOD LUCK

Garman Watches and Jewelry


Note this newsletter was sent 10/26/21 but without images due to the problem with the previous newsletter. Here are the images. I am open to suggestions on how to handle images in the future. Perhaps I will post all newsletters to the site and email a link to the post.

Greetings Fellow Encased Collectors:

Readers Comments

BR - It was a fun read, thanks. That Kewaunee display set was quite a nice piece! Thanks for pointing it out. Since I am not active on ebay, it's nice when you bring special things to our attention.

Reader Question?

Robert Lloyd asks - Here is a question that I have been unable to get a satisfactory answer. Perhaps you, your readers or someone involved with encased coin manufacturing will have the information. What do you call the aluminum, brass or other metal form before the coin is placed in? I've heard it referred to as:

I've research this question online and there does not seem to be a concensus answer.

{Editor- I have heard it refered to as a washer FWIW}

I have a question?

Who are the manufacturers of encased coins? I know that Whitehead and Hoag from Newark, N.J. made them for years. Osborne Coins, of Cinncinnatti made all of Earl Fankhauser's encased and many more fro others. Bryan Ryker has copies of the workorders from Osborn Coins from roughly 1946 until they stopped making them. I copied them from Bryan's website before it disappeared, so I have images of them as well. Then Northern Mint made encased for a time, as did Penny Press MInt. RedFishRue Fish has made a few and is still making them, although I do not know if they have made any lately. Then there was the guy selling encased as golf ball markers. Penny Press made them until Kelly stopped making encased coins and they began making them themselves. I have button encased made by Bastion Bros. of Rochestrer, NY.

Since the "Kewaunee Line" sample boxes showed up on eBay recently I had never heard of them. I lost out on buying either box. I would love to have an article about these for my site. The information on the boxes as best as I could tell from the images does not include city or state for the "Kewaunee Line". Anybody know more about them?

Those are the ones I know about. What do you know?

What's new on

I have not done anything new on the website recently. I am in the process of moving the Domain name from GoDaddy to Network Solutions. Why you may ask? 1. Because GoDaddy ups the price every year. The $9.99 yearly fee quickly becomes $20.99 a year. Also GoDaddy only lets you renew for to 3 years. Network Solutions allows up to 100 years for $999.00. The is a good investment for a club to protect thier brand/domain name. I am renewing for 20 years. Costs me $250. A major savings over GoDaddy. During the transition there may be a momentary lag as the name moves. When the domain is released by GoDaddy I then have to update the Domain Name servers so that goes to the right server.

World War II Trench Art Encased Lucky Coin - Dan A.

Trench Art reverse Netherlands East Indies ¼ Guilder piece

Trench Art - Netherlands East Indies ¼ Guilder piece

Trench Art - Netherlands East Indies ¼ Guilder piece

Obverse reads: NEDERL. INDIE / 1/4 / G / 1941 and the Encasement reads: NEW GUINEA

There wasn’t as much trench art made during WW II as there was during WW I. Most of what I’ve seen was made in the Pacific Theater. New Guinea and Manila were the main locations where these interesting artifacts were made. New Guinea was the staging point for MacArthur’s troops and supplies for the push to retake the Philippines.

Most of the New Guinea trench art that I’ve seen have been salt & pepper shakers made from U.S. .50 caliber cartridges, a few knives, sweet heart jewelry, and Short Shorter currency signed by friends and famous people.

Other than a few sweet heart pieces of jewelry made of Plexiglas with a Netherlands East Indies coin imbedded in it I’ve not seen an encased coin until I acquired this example. The encasement is in the shape of a horseshoe and was probably made from aluminum salvaged from a down aircraft. The coin is a silver Netherlands East Indies ¼ Guilder piece. This was probably made by a soldier assigned to one of the Supply & Repair units stationed at Hollandia. They would have had the tools to make it.

{Editor - If anyone else has something similar please consider sharing it with us.}

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