We’re not entirely sure what it is and what we’re supposed to do with it. For some reason, though, a coin-shaped piece of metal with a magnetic compass that also functions as a spinning top feels like the long-missing part of everyone’s everyday carry. At least, that’s how I feel when looking at JL Lawson’s True North Spin Coin.
No, it’s not the kind of coin they’ll accept as legal tender down at the bank, although it should fit just as well inside a coin pocket, a coin purse, or any other place you keep your change. Like regular coins, you can fiddle with it when you’re anxiously waiting at the line in the DMV, as well as toss and flip it to help pass the time.
The JL Lawson True North Spin Coin measures 1.5 inches in diameter, with a body that’s manually-machined from a solid bar of either brass or copper. It comes with a functional magnetic compass on top so you’ll always know where the true north lies, while a ceramic ball point measuring an eighth of an inch lets you get it spinning on desks, floors, and other level surfaces. No, it doesn’t have any legit function that can help in carrying out either everyday tasks or backcountry survival, but the darn thing sure looks like a fun toy to keep within reach.