This week I came across a token I'd never seen with a mysterious slogan on it: "Lucky Tillicum".
The lot description had no more information, but I found something on CoinTalk.
Obverse: LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT Reverse: PROSPERITY / 1933 / FOLLOW THE ROOSEVELT TRAIL
Now the big question is: What is a "Tillicum"? "Lucky Tillicum" was a popular expression at one time. The New York Times had a short article on the original token, dated October 7, 1932:
"'Lucky Tillicum' Pocket Pieces To Aid the Roosevelt Campaign Special to the New York Times: The word is from the Indian, signifying good luck. The slogan, it was said, was fashioned by Colonel Edward M. House. "
Colonel House was President Wilson's number one assistant.
Fair dinkum! The CoinTalk pictures a similar piece issued for the 1933 Chicago Exposition.
To read the complete lot description, see:
1933 LUCKY TILLICUM TOKEN REBUILD WITH
To read the complete CoinTalk discussion, see:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1932 Lucky Tillicum tokens
Wayne Homren, Editor
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