Mike Niebruegge writes:
I recently saw a great numismatically-oriented Perry Mason episode: The Case of the Wooden Nickels. Notwithstanding the title, the plot
revolves around a collector who desperately wants to acquire one the four original Confederate Half dollars. He needs it to go with his collection which
includes a 1913 Liberty nickel, a 1796 Silver dollar, a gold fugio and an “1884 trade dollar with chop marks” Rare coins, but no one handles them very
carefully. One scene has Paul Drake standing on a street corner flipping and catching the Confederate half when a guy approaches and asks if Paul would give
him a half dollar so he could get something to eat. Spoiler alert: Paul gives him a buck.
For our younger readers, Perry Mason was a TV show based on a series of novels about a crackerjack defense attorney. Like Law and Order, each
show was a self-contained mystery story; Featuring Perry Mason, his assistant Della Street, and private detective Paul Drake, episodes typically ended in a
big-reveal courtroom scene where the real killer blurts out a confession, exonerating Mason's client. This episode aired first in 1964. -Editor
For more information about the episode, see:
Perry Mason - The Case of the Wooden Nickels (1964)
#223: The Case of the Wooden Nickels Original Airdate: 12/10/64
To watch the episode, see:
8x12 The Case of the Wooden Nickels
Wayne Homren, Editor
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