USA NEW YORK Leon & Eddie’s nightclub Good Luck (1920s probably)


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NEW YORK, medallet, no date (1920s probably), Obverse: heads of 2 guys thumbing their noses at each other, LEON & EDDIE’S 33.W.52 N.Y.C., Reverse: hand holding torch, CARRYING THE TORCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE GOOD LUCK LEON & EDDIE’S, bronze, 32mm, actually, the two guys are probably waving “Hi,” F+

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Leon & Eddies was before my time (60s), but they were apparently a big thing in their prime. People would go there to catch a jazz set. It was hot, they say.

Leon and Eddie’s was a bar an nightclub on 53rd Street in New York. It began as a speakeasy during Prohibition and continued into the 1980s.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.