Medal: US Presidential Backbone Ben Harrison 1960 to 1980
There are a few versions of these bronze medals. The portrait of President Harrison varies somewhat, but the catchy inscriptions, especially BACKBONE BEN, are the same in all versions. All versions are low-value modern pieces, ranging in date of manufacture from the mid to late 1900s.
This web page from the Smithsonian Institution reports that this token was made by the well-known Scovill Manufacturing Company. Other versions may have been produced by the The Franklin Mint for a Reader's Digest promotion, or similar.
Regardless of origin, these tokens sell on eBay for a few US dollars. A coin dealer would probably pay $1 or $2 for a nice example. Presumably the Scovill token would bring a little more value than a Franklin Mint token, but this does not occur in practice because of the similarity of the items.
, Genre: Medals
Requested by: Steve, Wed, 14-May-2014 14:21:41 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 15-May-2014 03:29:55 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 03-May-2016 00:48:34 GMT
Requester description: Scovill Co. Token OBVERSE: Text around token read: 23rd PRESIDENT, U.S.A. 1889 1893 BENJAMIN HARRISON Center token displays the bust of Benjamin Harrison facing left. REVERSE: top and center text read: 'BACKBONE BEN' FROM COLONEL TO BRIGADIER GENERAL IN CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES SENATOR EXPONENT OF HIGH PROTECTIVE TARIFF DURING HIS OFFICE SIX TERRITORIES BECAME STATES Bottom text reads: 'SON OF HIS GRANDFATHER'
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