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Cent: CM.3148-2003

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Current Location: In storage


State: United States of America
Issuer: Pan American Exposition (Countermarked by)
Place of use: Los Angeles




Until the practice was officially discouraged in 1970 a common way of producing souvenirs was to flatten low-value coins (here an 1891 cent) between rollers, giving an oval flan that could then be struck with a new design. Here the blank was used to advertise the Pan-American Exposition of 1901, held in Los Angeles.


History note: From the estate of Dr David J. de Sola Rogers (1946-99).

Measurements and weight

Image(height): 19.2 mm
Image(width): 33.6 mm

Place(s) associated

  • Los Angeles

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003-11-25) by Withers, Paul


1891 - 1901


Original cent coin pressed between rollers to elongate and flatten and then stamped with advertising design

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: United States Government Building frontage with legend above

  • Text: MFG & LIBERAL ARTS / PANĀ·AM *1901*
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Head of Liberty left with legend around

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.3148-2003
Primary reference Number: 159175
Rogers: 2500
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Created: Monday 14 April 2014 Updated: Monday 14 April 2014 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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