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Coca-Cola Silver Bars

Coca-Cola Silver Bar

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Coca-Cola Silver Bars and Rounds

As part of the celebration of its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Coca-Cola Company issued a series of silver bars. These bars were issued by the various bottling plants, and minted in 0.999 fine silver. Each bar weighed one Troy ounce, and the purity, weight, and serial number can be found on the edge.

While most of these bars are fine silver, and many bottling plants issued only the solid silver bars, some also issued silver plated, silver filled plated with gold, brass, bronze, bronze plated with gold, and in one case, gold.

INTRO IMAGE: This is an image we have taken.

Silver Art Rounds From Disney, Coca-Cola, and more.

Bottling Plants Known to Have Participated

Abilene, TX

Amarillo, TX

Anniston, AL

Athens, GA

Atlanta, GA

Augusta, GA

Birmingham, AL

Bristol, VA/TN

Brunswick, GA

Buffalo, NY

Campbellsville, KY

Charlotte, NC

Chattanooga, TN

Chicago, IL

Cincinatti, OH

Clarksville, TN (Extremely Rare)

Columbia, SC

Columbus, GA

Corinth, MS

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Elizabethtown, KY

Evansville, IN

FLORDIA

Fort Smith, AR

Frederick, MD- RARE

Gadsden, AL

Gadsden, AL (Rare)

Greenwood, SC

Houston, TX

Huntsville, AL

Jackson, TN

Kansas City, MO

Knoxville, TN

Little Rock, AR

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Louisa, Kentucky

Louisiana

Louisville, KY

Meridian, GA

Meridian, MS

Middlesboro,

Mobile, AL

Montgomery, AL

Mt. Hood, OR (VERY RARE)

Mt. Rainier (Pacific Bottling Co.)

Nashville, TN

Norfolk, VA

North Carolina

Orangeburg, SC (Rare)

Petersburg, IL (Rare)

Philadelphia, PA

Roanoke, VA

Rockwood, TN

Salem Rolla, Missouri

Savannah, GA

Selma, AL

Shelbyville, KY

Shreveport, LA (RARE)

Springfield, Missouri - Two Types

Sumter, SC

Terre Haute, Indiana

Youngstown, OH

How We Found These Bars

One day we were searching silver bullion on eBay, and accidentally came upon one of these. We searched for the Coca-Cola silver bars and found several listed. It was immediately clear there were different bars for different bottling plants, and that some were commanding very high prices. This indicated there was a known mintage for each bar, on a mintage that could be approximated. We wrote on the internet, sharing what we knew, and searched for more. Soon it became obvious that our searches were bringing us back to our own articles, sometimes reprinted.

We found a website selling some of the bars, and made several searches of eBay, adding to our list of known issues. Then, we found what someone claimed to be an entire set for sale, and added many to our list. We had, in fact, found most of them.

The Real Authority

We had determined that Archie Kidd was the final authority on silver bars and rounds, but had not yet obtained his book. Then we found an inexpensive book devoted to Coca-Cola seventy-fifth anniversary bars on eBay as a BUY IT NOW, and made the purchase. The book is Coca=Cola Bottler’s 75th Anniversary Ingot and Round Guide Book 1975-1988, 2ed. As soon as we bought it, another appeared, so we suspect the seller may be the author, Thomas A. Mock. We have a link to eBay below, and highly recommend this book. Here you will find all the images you need, the mintages, the year of issue, and the variations for a bottling plant if any exist. Since we have independently compiled a list of bottling plants, we will share that information, but as for mintages, we feel it to be Thomas A. Mock’s information. We will share that in reading the book Archie Kidd had some input and did share information, as is clearly acknowledged.

What Is a Fair Price?

For the rarer issues we suggest the prices given in Thomas A. Mock’s book be considered a good estimate of the value. For the more common issues we suggest you look on eBay, watch a few auctions, and determine a price. The book was printed in 2009, and the price of silver is currently making some common issues more valuable.

The New Orleans Lost Rounds

It is most likely that many of the bars and rounds still remain in the area of issue. In 2005, New Orleans flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina. How many Louisiana rounds were lost? This is as impossible as determining how many Morgans were lost in the silver meltdown. But, in a case where a catastrophic event could affect the survival rate of those issued by a particular bottling plant, the mintage is very doubtful.

Louisiana Round

Louisiana Round

Louisiana Round

Louisiana Round

Louisiana Round

Louisiana Round

Who Minted These?

Most were minted by the World Wide Mint. However, not all bear the mintmark, so apparently some other mint(s) may have been involved.

Is There a Hundred Year Version?

We have found one hundred anniversary rounds, with no bottling plant named, in brass or bronze. We have yet to find a silver version, and certainly not an entire series. Probably silver now costs too much to repeat the event.

We have found a low mintage silver one hundred round from the 1986 that is 5.5 Troy ounces. But, there is a major difference. It is the one hundred anniversary of the Coca-Cola Company. The bars celebrate a milestone in the bottling plants. Coca-Cola existed making fountain drinks before bottling its product, so the discrepancy is not real.

Other Issues

Perhaps the rarest is a set of silver rounds depicting Coca-Cola delivery service, such as antique trucks.

Coca-Cola has a nice Christmas silver round collection

There is a seven round set of different glasses or containers used to serve Coca-Cola out of silver.

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Please let us know what you think.

anonymous on June 23, 2013:

@anonymous: ok. first of all its serving n.c. since ---- (date) . the other one is like the big apple. every body knows its new york. golden isle is brunswick ga. so you don't have anything that's not listed you retard.

LadyDuck on February 23, 2013:

First time I see these Coca-Cola Bars, nice collectibles!

weirdproduct on February 23, 2013:

I never knew they did this either.

RosaMorelli on February 22, 2013:

Wow - like BLemley, I'd never heard of these before, but they look brilliant - I love collectibles like this.

Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on February 20, 2013:

Very interesting! I have never heard of this ~ I'll bet they're beautiful! squidAngel Blessed! B : )

Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on February 20, 2013:

Very interesting! I have never heard of this ~ I'll bet they're beautiful! squidAngel Blessed! B : )

lesliesinclair on February 20, 2013:

Makes a difference, as you point out, whether the bar is solid silver or one of the knockoffs. Good job.

Blackspaniel1 (author) on February 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Only two gold issues are listed in the Guide, Atlanta with mintage 1 and Louisville with mintage 15.

Blackspaniel1 (author) on February 07, 2013:

@anonymous: These are not in the Guide, but some issues are so rare they might have been missed. The other possibility is they are convention issues from the same period, which may or may not get included, depending on the collector.

anonymous on February 07, 2013:

I think you guys made quite a find in your searches and are doing a good job of educating on Coca-Cola silver bars and buyers will appreciated you doing the leg work to make sure folks get the pure ones and what a find gold would be and they are very attractive as well as valuable....things just go better with Coca-Cola!

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

Interesting. I have about 35 of them plus 2 that don't appear. One is Golden Isle, Ga and the other is hard to read but something like Perving, NC. If you want to contact me: mjanvrin70@gmail.com

justramblin on February 05, 2013:

How interesting. This is something I didn't know anything about. Just noticed the Archie Kidd paper backs are going for $399.00. Must have some very valuable tips in there. It's like a treasure hunt. Thanks for a neat lens

pacourse on February 04, 2013:

Thank you for liking my articles. Its interesting to read through yours and see how they work for you.

LouisaDembul on February 01, 2013:

I really liked these coca cola silver bars. There is something special with Coke!

thewebbler on January 29, 2013:

never heard of these before.

anonymous on January 23, 2013:

What a great lens, congratulations. squidliked, G+1 and Pinned

victoriuh on January 22, 2013:

I love the variety of silver bars. I have never seen the Coca-Cola ones before.

webgal on January 21, 2013:

wow! these are great

bagbag lm on January 16, 2013:

I probably will swap these bars into a few bags =$

myspace9 on January 15, 2013:

Good morning and squidlike your beautiful lens.

Jo-Jackson on January 13, 2013:

I would loe one of these.

ArtisanalFoodLo on January 08, 2013:

How, cool. I had no idea these existed. Will have to keep my eyes open for them at thrift shops and swap meets.

cleanyoucar on January 07, 2013:

These look nice! Squidliked!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 05, 2013:

My daughter and I both love coin collecting. I give most of my finds away though lol. I guess that I just like the thrill of discovery. The silver coke bars look really nice.

JJGJJG on January 05, 2013:

Ok, When I saw the lense title you had my interest peaked. Who does not like coke and silver, very interesting lense.

gregs411 on January 04, 2013:

Yes, these are very unique. Nice.

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