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Pile O' Coins Paperweight

April 17th is Tax Day. Are you dreading handing over a pile of money to the government? Or looking forward to receiving a pile of money as a refund? This vintage paperweight in the form of a pile of gold coins was made by the Johnson Bronze Company of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and given as a promotion to customers. The fake coins depict presidents and captains of industry, some with quotes. On the back is an inset decal with the message, “Your friendship is more precious than a Pile O’ Gold.” It’s 5 1/2 inches wide and sold for $48 at a Dargate auction in New Jersey.

You may not be chuckling at your tax return, but a paperweight like this is a joke that fools many. And it will keep your tax receipts from blowing away.

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