Howard Thurston Master Magician Commemorative Coin 1869 - 1936
I believe this coin was produced by The Society of American Magicians honoring Howard Thurston for his accomplishments as a Great Magician and contributions to the Magician Industry. Thurston was president of the Society from 1927 to 1929. His tenure as President of the Society is confirmed by engraving on the back of this coin. The back also includes two of his famous tricks, "The Floating Ball" and "The East Indian Rope Trick". Front of the coin features a bust of Thurston and engraving, "Pre-Eminent Performer in The Magic Arts, 1869-1936". Since no more of these are being minted the coin is becoming rare and hard to find. It is encased in a plastic protective case so that it will always remain in mint or proof condition. Being preserved in this manner also means it has never been handled.