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Medal: Germany (Rubber Collection)  1916
Medal: Germany (Rubber Collection) 1916

Hello Lyal -- We are not 100 percent sure on this one, but it appears you have a burnished iron German medal used as a token or reminder to collect unused rubber during the bleak years of World War I.

Altgummi sammlung directly translated means scrap rubber collection. Rubber, and most everything else, was in short supply in Germany during World War I.

Determining values for such items is difficult. There were thousands of different German medals produced during the early 20th century, and there is a small collector base that seeks them out. The sample in our picture comes from Munzenversand Hardelt in Kaiserslautern, Germany where it is for sale for 10 euros, about $13 US dollars. I have seen the same medal for sale at other dealers for $65 US dollars. As always, value varies with condition.

Our best guess, then is that your piece is worth about $15 retail. A dealer would usually pay less than half that amount to buy it from you.

CoinQuest thanks Munzenversand Hardelt for use of their photo.

Coin: 6590 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: lyal, Mon, 17-Jan-2011 05:43:41 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 10-Aug-2012 17:25:20 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Thu, 04-Aug-2016 17:42:14 GMT
Requester description: 1916 Front- cross with bugs on all four sides and inscription of altgummi sammlung Back- das allermindeste musst ihr entoecken auf das geschwindeste in allen ecken goethe
Tags: medal germany medallion medals medalion badge medallic medaille medallions deustch bundesrepublik deutchland bundsrepublik deutschen deutiches deutsches deutscherlander deuches bundesrepublic germanic bundesrublika deutschland dutchland deutsch deutsche deut deutshen bundesrepublika deutscher german devtsch deutches deutchlands deutchen deutschlands devtscher cross bugs insect four inscription monogram sammlung das ihr entoecken auf geschwindeste allen ecken goethe bug insects script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials bee wasp circle ring hive bees honeybee hornet beehive behive honeycomb circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed

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