HomeNumismatic TermsWhat Does “Don’t Accept Any Wooden Nickels” Mean?

What Does “Don’t Accept Any Wooden Nickels” Mean?

Wooden nickel against a wide open backdrop.

Don’t accept any wooden nickels” is a colloquial expression meaning “Don’t get tricked” or “Don’t let yourself get fooled.”

Wooden nickels were a popular advertising medium and sometimes used to commemorate an event of local or regional importance. Some vendors would even release wooden nickels with a redeem-by date after which the “nickel” would have no value. “Don’t accept any wooden nickels” implies that wooden nickels are worth less than their stated value of a “nickel” (five cents) and should not be accepted as such when one is due that amount in payment or change. Few, if any, wooden nickels look like an actual coin, so a serious attempt to con someone out of money using a wooden nickel would depend heavily on the credulity of the mark.

* * *

CoinWeek Notes
CoinWeek Notes
CoinWeek Notes presents expert analysis and insights from Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, the award-winning editors of CoinWeek.com.

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Great Collection Coin Auctions

AU Capital Management US gold Coins

NGCX Holders and Grading