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Token: US Glidden Varnish  1890
Token: US Glidden Varnish 1890

Is this a cool token, or what?

The parent company of Glidden Varnish started in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1875, and this token comes from around that time. The pattern shows on old entries in architectural journals, the WIND O SPAR and NP SPECIAL COACH inscriptions indicate early origins. Copper and base-metal versions of the tokens were made, most with loops for hanging.

Approximate catalog values for these spiffy items run like this:

worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $75

A history buff in Cleveland might pay more than a token collector.

Coin: 17375 , Genre: Tokens
Requested by: Steve, Wed, 09-Jul-2014 12:01:31 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 10-Jul-2014 22:26:16 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 25-Jun-2016 22:51:00 GMT
Requester description: OBVERSE: token/medal displays a GRIFFIN/DRAGON standing facing left holding a flag or sheet with text that reads GLIDDENS ARCHITECTURAL VARNISHES with a loop to hang a chain REVERSE: text reads outer token text reads THE GLIDDEN VARNISH CO. CLEVELAND OHIO. CENTER TEXT READS - THIS COMPANY REPRESENTS ONE GALLON N.P. SPECIAL COACH VARNISH
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