International Harvester Reaper Centennial Token, 1931
According to legend, Cyrus McCormick built the first successful reaper and demonstrated it in a Virginia wheat field in July 1831. In 1931, the International Harvester Company celebrated the 100th anniversary of this momentous event with a number of promotions. Most every item issued by IHC during that year was adorned with two gold, embossed circles. One circle featured the head of Cyrus McCormick with his name around the top edge, the words 'Inventor of the Reaper' over his left shoulder, and the dates he lived (1809-1884) over the right shoulder. The other circle (back of the token) exhibited an image of the first reaper behind a boy on a single horse, along with a man walking alongside to rake the grain from the machine's platform. 'International Harvester Company' was imprinted around the top edge, while beneath the image were the words 'Centennial of the Reaper 1831 1931' bracketed between two upright sheaves of wheat. This token was one of the promotional items issued by the company. It measures about 1.25 inches diameter and is made of brass. Produced by the Metallic Art Co. of New York, with that company's name lettered on the outside edge of the coin. The token is in Very Good+ condition with light bumps to the edges. It has some discoloration from age, but likely can be easily cleaned/polished.
This pocket token was minted for Pontiac by the renowned advertising company Whitehead & Hoag of Newark City, NJ. It features the Indian Head Pontiac logo with the 'Pontiac' and 'Chief of the Sixes' on the front side and 'Product of General Motors' on the back. At bottom of the back are the letters W & W Co. U.S.A. , probably designating the designer. The slogan Chief of the Sixes was first used in 1926 and the slogan was a stamped on the company's Indian Head grille emblems used from 1926-1929. This token was actually coined about 1953. More were struck until 1956 when Pontiac launched its first V8 engine and car buyers turned their attention from six cylinders to the more beefy V8 motors. Measuring 1-inch diameter, it appears to be in excellent condition. There is slight darkening of some areas of the token, but this appears to be normal aging of the metal and we didn't attempt to polish it! It's a nice reminder of the early Pontiacs and a nice addition to a collection!