Harold Levi forwarded this query from Robert Stump. Can anyone help?
Wanted: any and all information on Tidy House Products and Tidy House Promotional Silver Dollars and Kennedy halves. Any help would be appreciated please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a scan of a 5.25" x 2.75" packet from Tidy House Products Co, an Omaha Nebraska manufacturer of household cleaning products that was acquired by Pillsbury in 1960. Evidently, Tidy House did this often, offering silver dollars and half dollar pairs as sales promotional items which they sold for a small premium.
The coins are believed to have come from sealed mint bags which the company acquired from the mint. The thing that makes these coins even more special is the fact that they used high sulfur paper in the packages they came in and over time the coins acquired a wonderful tone.
The Kennedy Half sets were $10.95 which included shipping and handling.
These coins are not that easy to find these days but a few show up on eBay from time to time. Just search "TIDY" in coins and paper money and they will show up when available.
Sadly, I can not find much information on this company and its promotions so I have no idea how many they actually sold or how long they were in business. If you have any information on Tidy House Products I would be happy to hear from you.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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