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Union Pacific "Lucky Piece" Souvenir Medal
Date: 1934
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Medium: Aluminum
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing image of approaching streamlined train with inscription in exergue at center: "LUCKY PIECE" and date at upper left: "1934"; legend: "UNION/PACIFIC." Reverse bears shield-like logo of the Aluminum Company of America at center with inscription: "A SAMPLE/OF THE ALUMINUM/IN THE NEW/UNION PACIFIC TRAIN/BUILT BY/PULLMAN CAR & MFG. CORP./ALUMINUM CO./OF AMERICA."
Object Number: INV.3572
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Marks: Inscription: reverse, at lower center: "GREENDUCK [illegible]"

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In February of 1934, the Union Pacific Railroad unveiled America's first Streamline Design train. The first train to be made of aluminum alloy, it was designed to be fast, light, and unusual in appearance. This souvenir coin, made of the same aluminum used on the train's exterior, was issued at the time of the train's debut.