This is on online-exclusive bonus installment in a series of articles written for Gerald Tebben's cover feature about coins starring in television programs, published in the March 2016 issue of Coin World Monthly. This article is about an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies airing May 5, 1965.
Check your change, you might find a rare 1894-S Barber dime, because Granny Clampett spent one.
In one of the most beloved stories about coins, Hallie Daggett, young daughter of San Francisco Mint Director John Daggett, spent a rare 1894-S Barber dime that her father had given her, on a dish of ice cream.
A coin that grades a well-worn Good is often cited as being the Hallie Daggett coin, though today the story that she had spent one as a little girl is largely debunked. However, no one has reported finding the one Granny spent in a 1965 episode of The Beverly Hillbillies.
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In “The Big Battle” (season 3, episode 29) Banker Milburn Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) tries to get his hillbilly neighbor and multimillion-dollar client, Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), interested in a hobby.
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A suggestion that he take up building ships in bottles falls flat after nephew Jethro Bodine (Max Baer Jr.) liberates a ship from a bottle by whacking off the bottle’s bottom.
Stamp collecting goes nowhere, too. After he is shown a Hawaii stamp worth $50,000, Jed says, “I don’t know nobody in Hawaii, and if I did I wouldn’t write them at that price.”
Coins get a similar reaction.