You fearless webmaster managed to snag, amidst all the hoopla of the past two weeks, the partial remains of a 1956 O-Pee-Chee Golden Coin
package of eBay the other day. Golden Coin has been blogged on here
before but remains a slippery issue as there are questions as to the exact contents of the 1948-49 issue compared to 1956's, the correlation with various Meet The Presidents
games, the oddity of a Canadian issue for a set of US Presidents, the lack of an identifiable 1952 issue and even the composition of the 1956 coins (as in chemical composition-metallic or plastic?) but my purchase answered none of these! Rather I wanted to investigate the inner sleeve that held the coin and gum.
Redesigned from 1949, the inner sleeve is made of a thick cardboard with yellow and blue highlights:
Measuring exactly two inches by four, the sleeve advertises 33 coins, even though Grover Cleveland's kangaroo straight
made it 34 in actuality. The back shows the checklist and a glued down flap:
I even took a side view-it measures about 3/8
" even though its distorted here:
The coins were numbered in 1956 but I can't find a Cleveland to see if he has 22 and 24. Here is our fifth President, James Monroe, to illustrate:
The number is clear, as is the shield--the 49's had a text back, as do all game pieces from Meet The Presidents
no matter which year the latter were marketed:
The coins look metallic but are made of a hard plastic, unlike the brass ones from 1949. Mine is warped a little and there is a seam on the rim. If I get another I'll dissect it to see what's what. These are larger than the 49's, which were an inch in diameter. These are 1 1/8
". The coins may have been in a cello wrapper as well; I am unsure about that at present.
Here is the wrapper that held the above:
As mentioned, it appears to be a Canadian issue:
The flipside held a It Happened To A President Comic
, which have been looked at previously
. These are red, the earlier version is not and is more of a brown/rust color. That though is fodder for another day.
1948-49 Golden Coin
1956 Golden Coin
1948-49 It Happened To A President
1956 It Happened To A President
I am very much interested in information on Golden Coin
. If you have something new or different, drop me a line.