Miniature U.S. coins

Ellen Y. writes: I have three miniature U.S Coins. One is a Mercury dime, one is a Walking Liberty half dollar and the third is a Morgan dollar. Do you know anything about these were they maybe Franklin mint coins or something?

Miniature replica coins were used as a novelty item to emphasize the inflation problem in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. They were contained in a pouch with a miniature replica cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar. Other versions had minature replicas of United States gold coins as well. (See image to right).