Beautiful East African Dime Expanded Shell Set
Magicians have long used the East African Dime because it is the same size as a half dollar, it's copper, and it has a hole in it...making it a striking contrast to a silver half dollar. You often see it in spellbound routines because of these features.
In my first few years of gaff making, I had a few regular world coin guys that would save these East African Dimes for me. At the very beginning I was able to acquire these in mint condition rolls, but I quickly exhausted those supplies. After that I seldom saw them anymore in uncirculated condition, same date, etc.
Finally I stumbled on these mint 1964 dimes, so I bought a boatload of them. Then I bought another boatload of them to be sure I wouldn't be running out of them in this lifetime.
Just recently I was making a custom order for a hopping half set that employed the East African Dime with expanded shell. In the process, I realized that this makes an amazing expanded shell. I tried some coins across routines, etc., and really impressed myself by how deceptively great it looked. The shell is very
undetectable, looks great through the hole when nested, and also looks very good from the obverse side when nested. In the picture above, the expanded shell is the leaning coin on the left. It is nested over another coin. The coin on the right and the other coins are ungaffed. I hope this picture will do it justice, because it just looks really great.
Taking all of this into consideration, and also realizing (ha) that I probably would never find a use for all of the dimes I have here, I deduced that I could make a relatively inexpensive set of coins that really rocked.... and they would be easy to keep in stock.
The set comes with an expanded shell and 4 ungaffed coins. All are in crisp uncirculated condition. The shell is polished to a beautiful finish inside and bears the Lassen logo. I think I can safely guarantee that, upon handling and inspection of this set, you will be equally impressed. It is sweet.