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Stork Club Encased

NYC Stork Club Logo of a stork wearing a top hat. Standing on one leg

NYC Stork Club Logo

Image courtesy of eBayfrontinside cover, Public Domain, Link

1948 cent encasement shows two storks in top hats and says Heads to earn / Hearts to spend

Stork Club 1948 Encased Cent.

The Stork Club was a very exclusive, very famous nightclub in NYC. It was started in 1929 and closed in 1965. The rich and famous went there to see and be seen. They had a very large offering of promotional gifts. To read more about the Stork Club read the article on the Storck Club. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stork_Club

The owner was Sherman Billingsley seen below.The club used a large number of promotional giveaways, as attested to by the picture below from November of 1944. One of the giveaways not show below were encased cents. The Stork Club had several different styles of encased made for them.

Life Magazine-photo by Alfred Eisenstadt - Life Magazine pages 124-125, Public Domain,

Sherman Billingsley Owner of The Stork Club - By Liggett & Myers (makers of Fatima Cigarettes) eBayad, Public Domain,

Below are two Stork Club encased. The first is 1.25 inches in diameter and has an aluminum encasement. The cent is offset from the center of the encasement. Note the stork on each encasement wearign a top hat. This was the Stork Club logo. It was used on all Stork Club merchandise/ gifts. The second piece is also 1.25 inches in diameter. It has however, a brass encasement. Also of note is the HEADS TO EARN / HEARTS TO SPEND on the obverse. That motto was used on all of the offset encased coins that were produced for the Stork Club. The offset cent has GOOD CHEER AND FOOD / IN THE STORK CLUB on the reverse. The aluminum piece has a stork at nine and three o'clock on the obverse and a star on either side of the cent. The brass ensased cent has STORK CLUB / LUCKY PENNY on both sides. The obverse has a stork at nine and three o'clock. The reverse has a stork at nine, but the date 1950 at the three o'clock position.

Obverse of a 1948 Offset encased cent. The obverse reads: HEADS TO EARN / HEARTS TO SPEND and a stork at nine and three o'clock.

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Reverse of 1948 offset encased cent. Reverse reads: GOOD CHEER AND FOOD / IN THE STORK CLUB

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Obverse of brass encased 1949 cent. Obverse reads: STORK CLUB / LUCKY PENNY the piece is 1.25 inches in diameter. The cent is flanked by a stork on the left and right.

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Reverse of brass encased 1949 cent. Reverse reads: STORK CLUB / LUCKY PENNY there is a stork on the left of the cent and 1950 on the right.

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Round (1.25 inches) aluminum encased 1937 cent. Obverse reads: STORK CLUB / LUCKY PENNY The cent is flanked by a stork on the left and right.

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Reverse of 1937 encased cent. Reverse reads: STORK CLUB / LUCKY PENNY The cent is flanked by a stork on the left and right.

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Round (1.25 inches) aluminum encased 1938 cent. Obverse reads: NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR / STORK CLUB on the left is the symbol of the World's Fair, the Trylon and Perisphere. On the right is the date 1939. There is also in tiny letters on the left under the Trylon ©NYWF.

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1939 New York World's Fair 3 cent U.S. postage stamp showing the Trylon and Perisphere. You can read more about the 1939 World's Fair Here

The reverse has the same motto and the same symbols as the obverse.

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The Stork Club encased are reasonably common. The history of the club is interesting as well. AS I collect further pieces I will post new images and information.

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