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US President Franklin D. Roosevelt "Lucky Tillicum" Coins
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These Franklin D. Roosevelt tokens and coins were made as campaign items for the 1932 United States
presidential election and to commemorate appearances at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.
 
The phrase "Lucky Tillicum" was a popular expression at one time.
 
According to a New York Times article published October 7, 1932,
The word is from the Indian, signifying good luck, and the slogan, it was said, was fashioned by
Colonel Edward M. House.

(Colonel House was President Woodrow Wilson's number one assistant)
 
It also appears in the October 3, 1918 issue of "Printer's Ink", a New York advertising magazine.
The owner, who was a good business man, began to realize that Bill Jones was a lucky tillicum
to have around the place.

Roosevelt Tillicum
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt "Lucky Tillicum" Coin - 1932 Election Campaign
 
White metal, 27mm, 8.28gm
 
Obverse:
Franklin D. Roosevelt facing left
LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT
 
Reverse:
Map of United States with sunrise behind it.
PROSPERITY / 1933 / FOLLOW THE ROOSEVELT TRAIL
 
Issued for the 1932 presidential election, whose winner would become President in 1933.
 
Roosevelt Lucky Tillicum
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt "Lucky Tillicum" Coin - Chicago Exposition 1933
 
White metal, 27mm, 7.91gm
 
Obverse:
Franklin D. Roosevelt facing left.
LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT
 
Reverse:
Map of United States with sunrise behind it.
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / 1933 / CHICAGO / FOLLOW THE ROOSEVELT TRAIL
 
Issued for the 1933 Chicago Exposition or World's Fair "A Century of Progress".
 
Roosevelt Lucky Tillicum
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt "Lucky Tillicum" Coin - US Capitol and Dirigible
 
Brass, 32mm, 12.86gm
 
Obverse:
Franklin D. Roosevelt facing left.
LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT
 
Reverse:
United States Capitol building and Dirigible flying
UNITED STATES CAPITOL
 
This one is larger than the previous political "Lucky Tillicum" tokens.
 
The dirigible is probably the US Navy rigid airship USS Akron which was built by the
Goodyear-Zeppelin company and launched in 1931.
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