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Encased Newsletter v02n10



Victory Encased Obverse type 1 with scrolls and laurel - Victory at top World Peace at bottom - V-E Day May 8 at left V-J Day Sept 2 on right

Type 1 Obverse



Victory Encased Obverse type 1 with scrolls and laurel - Victory at top World Peace at bottom - V-E Day May 8 at left V-J Day Sept 2 on right

Type 1 Obverse

Above you see the two new Victory encased added to the list.

Encased Newsletter v02n04

March 31, 2022

What’s New?

So here I go again. You just received a newsletter a couple of days ago, so why again?

Well I have made some updates to the site that I wanted to point out and I bought a new unlisted Victory encased. Also I wanted to add something new to the newsletter.

Victory Encased

As most of you know I am an avid collector of Victory encased. I have spent far too many dollars on collecting them. I just bought a new unknown (to me) Victory encased. It is from GEO. H. LEE CO. / 50 YEARS OF SERVICE / OMAHA, NEBR. It is not in great condition, but I have never seen this one and it is not on any lists that I know of. I have updated my webpage victory.html. The count of Type 1 obverse is 99 and the one Type 2 makes a total of 100 known ictory encased.

I updated the page to reflect this fact and posted images of the piece on the page. That makes two additions to my list in less than a year. If the list is incorrect or has a known omission please send me an image and details. If there is no city or state in the legend on the encasement, I have listed the piece as a maverick. Feel free to comment, complain or correct as required. I have added a download link so that you can download either or both lists as PDF files. These PDF files can be posted or redistributed as long as full credit is given to me and


o check out the additions on the Victory page and let me know.

Classified Ads?

This is a trial idea. Hence the question mark after the title above. I am adding to this newsletter a Trade or Sell section. I will not post this part of the newsletter on the internet. It only goes to the subscribed readers. I am thinking that a limit of 5 items for sale or trade will be allowed at a time. I will post your offer as you submit it. If requested I will forward emails, but since we are all friends here I think using your email address for contact is best. I will personally have a few things to offer in the next newsletter.

Reader Comments:

Regarding slabbing or grading encased coins, Buck wrote to tell me that he doesn’t like that the grading services ONLY grade the coin when they grade an encased coin. He feels that they should also grade the encasement. He also collects baseball cards and that baseball cards are graded on the card and the packaging. I’d be in favor of grading the encasement as well, but first someone has to come up with a grading standard for the encasement. I could see a grade for MS 63 for coin and MS60 for the encasement if there were a standard for grading encasements. Do we write the book of how to grade encasements? I can tell you that NGC will add an attribution to an encased grade IF they have a book to back up their attribution. They do that with Pan-AM Expo encased using Fred Lavin’s book on the souvenirs from the Pan-AM Expo. I expect that unless we or someone who collects encased writes a standard, none will be applied.

Bob Fair writes: I bought a 1947 encased coin on eBay today. The coin was made for Morgan Sales, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio. The words Kaiser and Frazer were on the coin.

I did some research and found out that The Kaiser-Frazer Corporations manufactured cars in the late 1940's.

I know that in honor of General Motor's 40th anniversary in 1948, Chevrolet dealerships distributed encased coins made for the occasion. I have 43 different 1948 Chevrolet dealers' encased coins in my collection.

However, I had never heard of The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation. They must have gone the way of the Packard and the Hupmobile.

Isn’t it interesting what we can learn from history! I bought an Anderson Carriage encased last year. They built automobiles briefly in Anderson, Indiana. See: I opined on that page that in the early 1900’s every buggy company in the Midwest built automobiles.

Manufacturers of Encased

In my humble opinion, Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. were the first makers of encased coins. Their name appears on many 1901 encased. It continues to appear on encasements as late as 1930 and if memory serves beyond that year. I expect that how they added their name to the encased is where Earl Fankhauser got the notion to add his. We all know about Osborne Register Company (Osborne Coinage Company), Northern Mint and of course Penny Press. I know that celluloid encased were made by BB & Co, Baltimore, MD, as that is on the rim of pieces that they made. I recently bought a 1907 Jamestown Exposition encased that has in tiny letters at the rim N.J.A CO. First time I have seen that on an encased coin.

I have no idea who made the vulcanite encased from the PA-AM Expo. To the best of my knowledge no other vulcanite encased are known except for the PA-AM Expo pieces. I have a number of what appear to be limited run items or even one of a kind encased. A chamber pot made of steel with, GOOD WHEN CAUGHT SHORT stamped on it, encasing a 1940 cent. Bottle cap encased were made in what I believe is large numbers, by someone, but who? I’d like to put a page together on the site with a correct and more complete list of manufacturers. So please submit your list of manufacturers of encased coins.

That's it for today! Thanks for reading!


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