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Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Abbey, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I'm trying to figure out an inscription on a coin my grandfather left me (part of the book). I can't find ANYTHING.

    It simply says: [FONT=&quot]Linnie Jo Todd Lex

    Kudos to anyone who can.

  2. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    What kind of coin? How old?

    Lex is Latin for law.

    But it looks like four names.
  3. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    It sounds like family names. Can you photograph the coin (both sides) and let us see? Are there other words or pictures or symbols?
  4. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    It's a thin silver coin about the size of a 50 cent piece. It was the only thing handed down to me from my grandmother, who got it from my grandfather that I never met. He passed before I was born.

    It says "Good Luck" on one side, and the American Flag on the other side, as well as the inscription. Never got the story about why it was so important. :(

    I don't think he was ever in a war. I'll have to ask my mom.

    Tonight I will scan it. Probably won't scan that well as it's quite worn.

  5. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    They issued commemorative coins for soldiers who died in WWI. I'll look into it.
  6. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Sounds like a family coin to me with the names of children on it. These were pretty common in the WWI and WWII, especially for soldiers.

    You might want to check with a local coin dealer. They might have a better idea of when it was made, etc. (At least you're in Vegas where there's lots of them.)
  7. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

  8. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    How fun, Abbey! I haven't the faintest idea. I was going to suggest what MB said- to take it to a coin dealer(s) and see what they say.


  9. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    Are the four words engraved or raised?

    Seems if it was a coin bought to bring someone good luck, the names of that person's children or siblings would be engraved.

    If it's a coin of some sort that was circulated, the words would be cast when the coin was made.
  10. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    They are slightly raised, but not engraved. Don't know if that makes sense.

    I'm sure it's not worth any kind of money, and I don't really care about that. I just want to know the history.

  11. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

    I will call SO who is up at his coin dealer friends today and ask him soon as one of the kids who has a phone comes back.

    You know what it looks like to me - one of those pieces you got at a Carnival eons ago (I am at least an eon old so I remember what they look like and how you made them)

  12. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    Do you have a family genealogist? I bet there are siblings on some branch of your family tree named Linnie, Jo, Todd and Lex.
  13. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    Marcie, after I looked at the pictures, that's what I was thinking, too- some kind of souvenir. Maybe they are his kids' names or nicknames?

    Linnie Jo could be two people ...or one named Linnie Jo (like Billy Bob ;) )

  14. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I'm with Marcie. It looks like a stamped coin you get at a carnival or fair.
  15. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

  16. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I saw that too, Marcie. Abbey, where is your family from? They may have been made at one of the World's Fairs. That absolutely looks like a stamped coin you make at a carnival or fair.
  17. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    Bravo, Marcie! :bow:

  18. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I'm fairly positive that is what it is, but the name puzzles me.

    Ok, right now I'm calling my mom. She's generally pretty mum about family, but maybe I'll get some answers.

  19. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    "Jo" is probably Josephine. "Linnie" could be Eleanor.

    Whatever it is, that coin is well worn and was kept in someone's pocket for years.

    by the way, the notched hole is for the machine to hold the coin in the correct position during stamping.
  20. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    You know, this is interesting stuff.

    I wonder why these names were so important, and they must have been for your grandfather to have carried the coin around for so many years.

    They could be family.

    They could be friends who may or may not have went off to war.

    Lots and lots of possibilities.