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Coca-Cola Collectible Memorabilia

Updated on November 7, 2015

New Orleans Coca-Cola Silver Round (75th Anniversary)

A Silver Coca-Cola round representing the New Orleans Coca-Cola Bottling Company for the 75th Anniversary celebration
A Silver Coca-Cola round representing the New Orleans Coca-Cola Bottling Company for the 75th Anniversary celebration | Source

Coca-Cola Collectible Memorabilia

Advertising items that show company names, especially if the item is antique or vintage, are highly collectible. And of the companies whose products are most collectible is Coca-Cola. Perhaps it has to do with how many people like the taste of Coca-Cola. It does not extend to other Coke products. Few people collect Tab memorabilia.

Coca-Cola collectibles include old signs, old bottles, trays, and silver bars and rounds. Perhaps the newest addition to collectible Coca-Cola memorabilia is the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.

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Coca-Cola Collectible Signs

Coca-Cola signs are very collectible if they are old and in good condition, especially tin signs. So how can you tell the age of a Coca-Cola sign? Look at the image of the product. The shape of the bottle often dates a Coca-Cola sign. And the price, if included, and certainly add to the dating a sign.

Even if a sign is old enough, ask if it is in good enough condition to exhibit proudly. Condition is important. Remember, the sign would probably be hung on a wall, so a pleasing appearance is critical.

Coca-Cola Trays

Coca-Cola trays exist in abundance, and can be found in a multitude of sizes and shapes. There are large trays, miniature trays, and those in between. Trays come round and rectangular.

As with signs, the age and condition are important. Again, the images on a tray can be a clue, but not as reliable as it would be with a sign. It is not impossible to put an image of an old bottle on a new tray. Referring to a reference book is essential.

Trays are functional. They can be used. And in using a tray they can be dented or scratched. Check the condition.

Look on the back and see if there is a date. This can be a good start in evaluating a Coca-Cola tray.

Coca-Cola Bottles

Old Coca-Cola bottles are collected. Perhaps it is because the nostalgic image brings back the great taste we enjoyed years ago. Small glass bottles carbonate differently, and the higher pressure used to carbonate Coca-Cola when these bottles were used certainly contributed to the taste.

It is quite possible a collector will want what at first appear to be identical bottles. Look on the bottom. Old bottles have city names on them.

Bottles for special events exist, and can add to a collection.

Coca-Cola Silver Art Bars and Rounds

Coca-Cola has had several series of silver art bars and rounds minted. Perhaps the most well known is the set produced to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Coca-Cola. Perhaps the most desirable is the set of silver rounds depicting antique vehicles. The least expensive are probably the Coca-Cola Christmas silver rounds/ Then there is a series showing different containers, such as old soda fountain glasses, from which Coca-Cola has traditionally been consumed.

Most, albeit not all, silver bars and rounds produced for Coca-Cola are one Troy ounce of fine silver.

Coca-Cola Polar Bear

The newest symbol of Coca-Cola that appears to be heading towards a respectable place among collectibles is the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.

Coca-Cola Barbie

Doll collectors should like this one. In fact, there is a whole group of doll collectors who specialize in Barbie. And when Barbie is paired up with Coca-Cola, the appeal is to a multitude of collectors. Some may even include other collectible groups, such as Nascar of McDonalds. Each of those entities have tits own collectibles, and avid collectors.

Coca-Cola Lionel Train

Coca-Cola teamed with Lionel trains to produce some especially collectible model train cars, entire train sets, and Coca-Cola truck accessories for Lionel train sets..

Coca-Cola 100 th Anniversary Medallions

Coca-Cola issued a Bronze Medallion commemorating its one hundred year anniversary. The medallion was issued in the mid-1980s. Coca-Cola's 75th anniversary bars and rounds were issued starting in the mid-1970s. The seeming contradiction is because the 75 th anniversary bars and rounds celebrate seventy-five years of bottling plants, but the one hundredth anniversary medallions celebrate one hundred years of Coca-Cola. It was first sold at soda fountains.

Coca-Cola Thermometers

Before those flashing time and temperature signs, companies often provided thermometers to those selling their products. These big, bold thermometers brought the eye right to the advertising message at the point of sale.

Get a Book

Coca-Cola collectibles are much like other collectibles, some are valuable while others are not. Before collecting it is always wise to get a book. This will guide you in what is available, and what you should expect to pay. Without a book you could be buying inexpensive items at premium prices.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Wow, I aced your quizzes :) Not much of Coca-cola drinker, but I like the Coca-cola collectibles.

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Fun lens!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great fun lens!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Coca Cola stuff is a great way to start being a collector

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      What a nice lens in commemoration to Coke. You have displayed some great Coke collectibles here. At one time Coke bottles and glasses was the niche for collectibles but gave up due to moving a lot. I think there are a few bottles and glasses left that are still packed away. Thank you for stopping by my Winter Sports In Colorado lens and giving it a "thumbs up" I really appreciate the visit. HNY 2013!

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I love these collectibles. I was glad to find some Coke Bears, which are my favorite.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great collection of coca cola collectible memorabilia. Thanks for sharing.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Enjoyed. It was a fun to attempt and learn about Coca Cola.

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      RebeccaE 5 years ago

      wow, this was great to read and to do the quizzes!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      What a great collection of Coke items

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Drinking Coke at the moment, so I think an angel blessing is in order ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just popping back in because things just go better with Coke!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Cute lens. Coca Cola is nostalgic.

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      Corrinna Johnson 5 years ago from BC, Canada

      Great lens...my dad is a Coke collector and has a room filled floor to ceiling with vintage and newer Coke memorbilia.

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      really enjoyed your coke lense

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      KandH 5 years ago

      What a fun lens - Coke is it!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun and colorful lens and coke memorabilia! Thanks!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What a great collection of memorabilia. I especially love the Coca Cola serving trays.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love the site.I was looking for some info on my 100th anniversary jean jacket that i got back in the 80's.Can't seem to find any like it .

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      There are some really fun vintage Coke items.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I didn't know Coca Cola had so much history.

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      FloridaDino 5 years ago

      Love American like this...nice lens.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I have several nice, vintage Coca Cola collectibles, and I'm always on the lookout for more.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Sorry, I'm not a Coke fan, but I do like their collectibles.

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      PippiDust 5 years ago

      You found great Coca-Cola collectibles and quizzes are great fun too.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Nice collection of Coke items here. Blessings!

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      I remember when and why they were called a "dope". Loved the old 6oz green bottles of Coke. Seems they tasted the best of all. When they started putting out machines they were just a dime as I remember. Used to get a burger, fries and coke at McD's for 99 cents. Those were the days. Really enjoyed this lens which brought back many memories of yesteryear. Thanks for sharing.

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      Unfortunately, I can't live without coke

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love Coke

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      ourmarket 5 years ago

      Love the Lens have a friend collects coca cola items her house, beauty shop and basement full of coke items

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      I love the all the quiz in this lens :)

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      This is a very good regarding Coke. When I lived in Atlanta, they called all soda "Coke". It didn't matter if it was an orange or grape soda, or even 7-up. They still would refer to the soda as a "Coke". See you around the galaxy...

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Wow, a lot of Coca Cola stuff! I have a Coca Cola Polar Bear that my son gave me years ago. Brings back memories. :)

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      My husband loves anything Coca-cola!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I really like collectibles of this sort. Fun lens with lots of good info, thanks.

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      Barb McCoy 5 years ago

      Nicely done...lots of really great stuff that my husband would love to own. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun lens, interesting facts about Coke.

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      NickyT LM 5 years ago

      This was really fun and interesting to read. For years I was a Pepsi drinker but once I made the switch to Coke I never went back!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Amazing how long Coca Cola has been around. We have all grown up with it!

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      Had no ideas there were Coca-Cola barbies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice, as a NASCAR fan, Coke came out with some Dale Earnhardt Coke bottles, these were the pride of my collection. I have an entire 6 pack still full of coke.

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      Elhamstero 6 years ago

      I love coke. I like diet coke and coke zero too. I should definitely invest in some collectibles.

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      Elhamstero 6 years ago

      I love coke. I like diet coke and coke zero too. I should definitely invest in some collectibles.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i like to drink coca cola and pepsi.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I love Coke though don't really collect it stuffs. Fun to see all the Coke goodies though.

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      staciewalker lm 6 years ago

      I love this lense. Very intersesting! Thanks for sharing.

      Stacie Walker

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      I love Coca Cola Collectibles.. What a fun and fantastic Lens

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Nice lens, lots of coca-cola collectibles,nice

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sweet lens! Love stuff like this especially poll and quiz questions for your readers to do. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      stella-writes 6 years ago

      hi this is a great lens about coca cola. i never thought there was so many cool coca cola collectibles.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had some Coca-Cola trays once, that were given away by a bank. They were very nice, with vintage Coca-Cola ads. I think they were lost during a move.

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      cool lens.

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      cool lens.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Thank you for the generous quiz points and I was pleasantly surprised that I passed (but then again, you did have some 2 answer choices, thank goodness). I had no idea there were so many collectibles either. Love the posters, for sure. Take good care, Rose

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      dc64 lm 6 years ago

      My father has a case of unopened coca-cola bottles with Coach Bear Bryant (late coach of Alabama college football team) featured on the bottles. He is so proud of them!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Coca Cola memorablia and found your quiz informative!

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      little_diddle 6 years ago

      @hamshi5433: I liked the quiz too! I missed a few, but at least I tried!

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      Very cool collection of Coca Cola memorabillia..And the quizzes are equally rewarding :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Hi there! Those were 10 fun quiz questions... Love the old signs. They are fun, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What fun, memorabilia and quizzes!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I know several people who collect Coca Cola Memoriabilia and I will be sure to share this great lens.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Really cool collection of Coca Cola memorabilia. Great job done!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      informative lens.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      I prefer Pepsi to drink, but Coke rocks Pepsi's world when it comes to collectibles. Great lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Love it!

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      garyrh1 6 years ago

      More and more have I seen people collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia. From clocks to plates to even giant pencils. It is pretty amazing stuff.

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      sabinamiller 6 years ago

      very good info... Nice lens..

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      lankanwriter 6 years ago

      Wow some great information and collectibles of Coca Cola, I drink it almost every week but never knew stuff like this existed

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      kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

      very good information about Coco-Cola ... nice .. thanks for sharing to all...

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing:) Nice lens

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Very interesting. I didn't know there was so many different kinds of coca cola collectibles.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Coca Cola memorabilia you have here, I have lensrolled it to my own coca-cola everything lens.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember growing up and digging in old dumps in the country. Once, I dug up an amber Coke bottle..it was quite a thrill! Thanks for the memories!

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      I have a friend who has everything coca-cola. I'm sure he'd love this lens as much as me!

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      Laura45 LM 6 years ago

      Great assortment of various Coca Cola memorabilia! Thanks for the interesting facts and read.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Amazing collections of Coca cola collectibles. You can showcase in home décor and display in a gallery .

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Coke stuff is pretty cool. I always liked the bears best.

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      piedromolinero 6 years ago

      Some great Coca Cola memorabilias.