Re: Swastika coin or token
Kevin Doyle (kdoyle@HEI.COM)
Thu, 6 Jun 1996 16:42:21 -1000
> > > A friend of mine recently found what appears to be a piece of Boy
> > > Scout history. It is about the size of a silver dollar, looks to be
> > > bronze, and has on one side a person on horseback with the words Boy
> > > Scouts of America and on the other has what looks like swastika.
> > >
> > > Anybody have any ideas what this is?
What you have described is not a good turn token "per se", but a medallion
distributed with Scout shoes sold in the United States in the very early
years of Scouting by an official Scout distributor. I don't have my
records but I believe they were issued by the Excelsior Shoe Company
sometime between 1910 and 1920. There are several varieties and there is
a book around detailing the varieties and dates of issue. But I'm getting
into a discussion that belongs on Patch-L. :-) These medallions were
issued by the company not by the Boy Scouts of America. And as I
understand it, the swastika was the symbol of the National Socialist
Party in Germany. Since these medallions predated that term, I don't use
it in regards to the medallions.
Aloha Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City