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 Posted 05/14/2019  8:18 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This measures 33mm in diameter. That ostensibly would qualify it to be listed in So-Called Dollars but it isn't included in my 1963 edition.





Here's some info on the company and its promotional campaigns:

http://www.truedetectorist.com/2016...magic-of-oz/

My specimen looks more coppery than brassy, but it may also have been plated or washed.

Colligo ergo sum
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 Posted 05/14/2019  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Super cool, crosses over for multiple collectors...
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 Posted 05/15/2019  10:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am glad that our modern cars and oils are not so fussy.
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 Posted 05/15/2019  10:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's my understanding that these items were actually functional, rather than purely commemorative/advertising. They were placed under the lid of the sealed drum of oil, in such a way that they would come loose when the seal was broken and the cap was removed, and attempting to replace the cap with the medal still in place would cause the medal to fall out of the cap and drop to the bottom of the oil can. That way, when the purchaser opened their freshly boght drum of oil, they could be reassured that their oil drum had not been tampered with and that they would in fact receive the full volume of oil they had paid for; no-one in the supply chain could siphon off some of the oil from out of the drum prior to their receiving it, without disrupting the seal and removing the medal.

Being exposed to motor oil, either through direct contact with the oil or by the vapours, sometimes for prolonged periods, is the reason why these medals often take on peculiar colours and toning patterns.
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 Posted 05/16/2019  9:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have had this HyVis token since the early 1960's when I found it in a coin dealer's "junk box".

HyVis Motor Oils Automotive Token
Bronze, 33mm, 11.76gm (might be brass)
Obverse: Mileage Metered HYVIS / Motor Oils / TradeMark Reg
Reverse:
FOR MILEAGE IN 3 FIGURES (UP TO 999 MILES) USE HYVIS 3
FOR MILEAGE IN 4 FIGURES (1,000 TO 9,000) USE HYVIS 4
FOR MILEAGE IN 5 FIGURES (10,000 TO 30,000) USE HYVIS 5
FOR MILEAGES OVER 30,000 USE HYVIS 6


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I have had this HyVis token since the early 1960's when I found it in a coin dealer's "junk box".
Very nice!
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