Availability: Common (See
This is a souvenir penny depicting the
Oak Island Lighthouse on Oak Island, NC. It is impossible to tell
the date of when the souvenir penny was made and the date on the
penny itself is not visible due to the flattening of the penny, but
this souvenir penny was likely made in the 1990s or 2000s, as this
is when souvenir penny machines of this type were popular.
Item Acquired: October
25, 2012 from Leicester, NC
Availability Scale: We have loosely defined 4
categories of availability for classifying items in our
collection. There are many degrees of availability within each main
category and the opinion of availability is subjective. These 4 main
categories have been created to convey to the reader the approximate
availability of an item within our collection. The availability
is subject to change as new research comes to light.
Common - A common item is one where many examples
are known to exist. Most modern items are considered common
due to the large numbers of items made, published and distributed.
Uncommon - An uncommon item is one that does not
surface often. There may be many examples of an uncommon item in
circulation, but just not as readily available as a common item.
Scarce - A scarce item is one that is hardly ever
seen outside of a few well known collections such as
The Southport Times' Collection, the New Hanover County Public
Library's North Carolina Collection or the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection.
Rare - A rare item is an item where only 1 or
2 examples are known to exist. Items in this category may not
even exist in the largest and most complete collections. Items
in this category have extremely low distribution rates, adding to the rarity of the
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