International Harvester Company ‘Reaper’ Centennial and the Centennial Coins
International Harvester Company ‘Reaper ‘ Centennial Coins | Wisconsin Historical Society
Cyrus Hall McCormick Reaper Centennial Coin,1931
Created to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the test of the first harvester by Cyrus Hall McCormick. View the original source document : WHI 64501 In 1931, the “ Reaper Centennial ” was a major promotional event for the International Harvester Company commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the invention of the grim reaper by Cyrus Hall McCormick. The company hosted a ball centennial ceremony at Walnut Grove Farm, Virginia, in July 1931, and held commemorative luncheons and banquets in 50 U.S. cities. The company besides produced exhibits, films, publications and models of the 1831 grim reaper. In summation, the McCormick family created 100 university scholarships in agribusiness .
The International Harvester Company produced a serial of medals, or centennial coins, to commemorate the anniversary. The coins have a painting of Cyrus Hall McCormick on one side and a mental picture of the harvester on the other. The dates on the coin mention to the parentage and death of Cyrus McCormick ( 1809-1884 ) and the hundredth anniversary of the invention of the mechanical harvester ( 1831-1931 ). elaborate
Reaper Test on Centennial Coin, 1931
This exemplification on the back side of the coin represents the foremost harvester test and is based on a painting by N.C. Wyeth. View the original reservoir text file : WHI 64502
International Harvester contracted with the Medallic Art Company of New York to produce the coins in batches of 250,000. International Harvester finally distributed more than a million coins in a few unlike sizes. The company distributed the coins as souvenirs through its cosmopolitan network of dealerships. local dealerships distributed them in respective ways. For example, coins may have been thrown from floats in local parades or handed out to customers visiting show rooms. The silver-dollar-size coins are the most common coins found in personal collections. International Harvester besides distributed coins in larger size. These are rare and a lot more unmanageable to find. Some collectors have inquired about the monetary value of the coins. The archival code of ethics prohibits the society from estimating monetary value. To learn more about the 1931 Reaper Centennial, search the McCormick-International Harvester Collection. There you ‘ll find imperativeness clippings, films, photograph, advertise literature, ship’s company commensurateness, display materials, commemorative coins, and reaper models documenting the celebration.
The McCormick Harvesting Machine Company was one of the partners in a amalgamation that formed International Harvester in 1902 .
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