Coca-Cola Silver Bars
Coca-Cola Silver Bar
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
Clarksville, TN (Extremely Rare)
Fort Smith, AR
Frederick, MD- RARE
Gadsden, AL (Rare)
Kansas City, MO
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Mt. Hood, OR (VERY RARE)
Mt. Rainier (Pacific Bottling Co.)
Orangeburg, SC (Rare)
Petersburg, IL (Rare)
Salem Rolla, Missouri
Shreveport, LA (RARE)
Springfield, Missouri - Two Types
Terre Haute, Indiana
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.
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.
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.