Fred Michaelson writes:
I was just watching an episode of Amos 'n Andy, which I think is the funniest thing that's ever been on TV. In this episode, Andy and the
Kingfish have a parking lot. Each time a customer pays, the Kingfish puts the coin between his teeth and appears to bite it before he puts it in the
cash register. Is this some old method of counterfeit detection?
If the coin were a lead counterfeit, it would be soft, so biting the coin is a reasonable test. If it's hard, it's probably
good. But I've never seen anyone actually do this. Do the old-timers among us remember this practice? Amos 'n Andy were long before my
time, so I'd never seen this. The scene at the Helping Hand Loan Company is a riot. -Editor
To watch the complete episode, see:
Amos 'n' Andy Season 2 Full Episode 23 - Leroy Lends a Hand
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