Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coins
Hopalong Cassidy was a character created by writer Clarence Mulford in 1904.
Cassidy was a cowboy who worked on cattle ranches in the 1880's.
He made 66 films, the last one in 1948.
and produced a very popular television program which ran from 1949 to 1954.
United States in various countries.
Thorne Smith supernatural novels.
1. Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd)
Boyd began merchandising the Hopalong Cassidy character, he appeared on everything from
lunch boxes to bicycles, over 2,000 items in all.
Time and Life magazines, along with articles on the success of his licensing
and endorsement business.
and later Australia (but not South Africa, which banned some of his comic books).
hand out the coins to his fans.
The coins were also sold to the public by various means.
them or found them.
2. William Boyd with bag of good luck coins
It is not often that one can see the original producer of a numismatic item holding the goods.
no doubt actually the aluminum coins, although "special" kids might have received
real US silver dollars.
No doubt future archaelogists will find them and wonder.
Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin Examples:
3. Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin - Standard issue
Aluminum, 30mm, 3.24gm
William Boyd facing as Hopalong Cassidy
HOPALONG CASSIDY / WILLIAM BOYD
Good luck symbols - Horseshoe, Four-Leaf Clover, Wishbone
GOOD LUCK FROM "HOPPY"
4. Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin - Different portrait
This one has a different portrait of "Hoppy" and a different style of clover than the standard token.
This one also weighs less, 3.04 gm.
Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin Corroded:
5. Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin - Corroded
This one is corroded and is probably a metal-detector find.
The weight is 3.10gm which is less than the uncirculated standard coin.
This has caused counterfeiters to make cast copies of them, here is one:
Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin Modern Counterfeit:
6. Hopalong Cassidy Good Luck Coin - Modern Counterfeit
This item is a modern fake, it looks different, weighs less, and has a cast seam.
The weight is 2.69gm which is much less than the standard one.
Phonograph recording "Hoppy's Good Luck Coin":
William Boyd recorded "Hoppy's Good Luck Coin" about a "lucky" silver dollar.
The record was Capitol Records number 30128, made around 1950, the narration was written by
Hamilton Richards, and the record was manufactured in both 78rpm and 45rpm sizes.
Hello partners, this is your old pal Hoppy and I've got a story
I've been wishing to tell you for a long long time.
good luck to me 'cause it saved my life
Well at the time this story begins I was riding herd for the Bar-Z ranch in Texas
but me and those three rustlers.
I was carrying in the left hand pocket of my shirt.
and whenever I look at it now I always say to myself
for happy times for the millions of boys and girls who are your friends,
their friendship made me the luckiest father alive.