Minnesota Nickel Series #3

The expression "Minnesota Nice" refers to the somewhat passive nature of upper Midwesterners; the tendency to work hard, help a neighbor, or spend a little extra time in conversation. However, as more and more people leave the region or get caught up in modern life, and prefer to communicate via text or email, it seems that this mannerism is either in the decline or never existed. This project is designed to challenge the "Minnesota Nice" mindset by asking participants to share this wooden coin when witnessing the act of a nice deed.

Inspired by early 20th Century promotional tokens, given to potential customers and promising some kind of trade or discount, these 1.5 inch wooden disks have no material value. Instead, their value is in the promise or representation of the acknowledgment and gratitude of a kind deed. Each coin states simple directions about the project and how to document and share the moment online. It also has a unique serial number so that each coin can be tracked as it passes from person to person.

It is not the intention of this project to encourage nice behavior or transform a society; the nice deed has already been completed before the coin is passed. Instead, the coins provide a quiet moment of acknowledgement, a simple reward to a kind individual while challenging the original holder to examine, seek-out, and determine whether or not an act is kind and deserving of a token. This critique will vary from person to person, the acts may be large or small, and the recipient may not believe their act was indeed nice. 

In the past 16 months, over 7500 Minnesota Nickels have been distributed, including 2500 special edition Nickels for Super Bowl 52 Host Committee to share with volunteers. Series #3 is a continuation of this project with its own series of numbers (3-0001 to 3-5000).

Since Minnesota Nickels cannot be purchased, only earned, this donation covers the cost of production/supplies, packaging and shipment of nickels, and the GoFundMe processing fee. The artist does not receive compensation. Therefore, you get quite a few nickels for your donation.

$20 gets you 100 nickels, mailed to your door!

The total goal of this campaign, $1000, will create and distribute an additional 5000 Minnesota Nickels; bringing the grand total to 12,500!

If you are interested in becoming an academic partner, please visit us online at: https://www.sulegatt.com/m.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about Minnesota Nickel; it was very NICE of you!


  • Tara Boedeker 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Kathleen Murphy 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Jen Burck 
    • $20 
    • 10 mos


Su Legatt 
Moorhead, MN
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