A salesman who travelled the American West for the Central Glass Company of Wheeling, West Virginia supposedly saw coins used to decorate the floor of a barroom and thought coins would look good on glassware too. Back at the Wheeling plant, the idea was approved and work began. Contrary to one popular opinion, actual coins were not impressed or cast to create the molds. Rather the general appearance of coins then in circulation was used as a basis for the overall pattern design.
A number of details on actual coins were deliberately left out of the final pattern because of a lack of space, awkward appearance or other design and production considerations. The original name given to the final pattern was Silver Age. Opinions still differ on why most of the coins in the pattern are dated 1892 when actual production began in 1891. Was the pattern to commemorate the Columbian Exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair of 1892? Or was it to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.
No company records exist to tell us which is correct. If the coins were intended to honor the U. Treasury Department wasn't impressed.
After just 3-5 months of production (the actual time is not known) the Treasury department ruled the glass pattern was a form of counterfeiting and thus illegal. Central Glass Company was ordered to destroy the molds and any unsold inventory. It was also pointed out that the design was on one side only and unlike double sided real coins. All to no avail; the Treasury order stood. Whether the Treasury order was based on strict interpretation of the law or simply harassment of a political opponent is open to debate.
The president of Central Glass in 1891 was Nathan B. Scott, a highly visible and prominent Republican. Scott served on the Republican National Committee in 1888 and later served West Virginia as U. In a somewhat ironic twist of the counterfeiting charge, President William McKinley appointed Scott head of the Internal Revenue Service in 1898. Central Glass tried to make the best of a bad situation by modifying the U.Coins to tie in with the Columbian Exhibition. American coins were replaced with coins bearing the portraits of explorers Christopher Columbus and Americus Vespucius and coats of arms of the United States and Spain.
This pattern was named Columbian Coin and is thought to have been produced for only about one year. Coin and Columbian Coin are very scarce because of their very limited production. The pattern is sought by both numismatists (coin collectors) and pattern glass collectors. Coin pattern glass appears only in clear glass. The coins may be frosted or stained with ruby or amber flashing.Columbian Coin appears in clear glass with some shapes also made in milk glass. The item "RARE Original U. Glass 1893 Pedestal Cake Plate American Coin Clear Variety" is in sale since Thursday, February 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Glassware\EAPG Pattern Glass 1850-1910\Other EAPG Patterned Glassware".
The seller is "fulleaglerarecoins" and is located in Lithia, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay.