I have 2 of the Allied Radio Shack commemorative coins featured on this web site. Does anyone have any more info about them. They sound like they may be made of silver. One looks silver and the other has a gold tone to it.
These are the ones that have C.D. Tandy on the front.
I see them on eBay quite often. Do a search for "Radio Shack Token". As of right now, there are about 5 listing for the silver tokens. If you check previous auctions, you will see a couple fo the gold ones. I doubt they're made of any precious metal since they one sell for $1 - $5.
Other than this, I don't have any other info. at this time.
MY TOKEN IS NOT BRONZE. I WAS TOLD THAT IT ENTITLED TOU TO A DISCOUNT ON EVERY RADIO SHACK PURCHASE MADE IN THE FUTURE. I HAVE CONTACTED RADIO SHACK/TANDY AND THEY ARE OBLIVIOUS AND COULD NOT HELP. OTHER THAN HAVING THAN HAVING THE COIN WHY WOULD YOU ENTER A CONTEST TO WIN IT ?
I have the coin also.
Each store awarded one coin.
The coin entitled the owner to a 10% discount.
I was a child and the coin was worth more than the cents I would save on a purchase, so I kept the coin.
Actually, the "bronze" 1000th store token apparently did come with documentation that explains everything. One is a small card that reads "This coin good for continuing 10% discount through December 31, 1971. Limited Edition" The other is a slip of paper that gives a fuller story: "It is always a pleasant experience to give someone something genuinely worthwhile and valuable. As we mentioned in our drawing announcements, your 1000th Store Commemorative Discount Coin was specially minted for us by The Franklin Mint and is a genuine collector's item. Of course, it has a tremendous immediate cash value. It's good for 10% off on every dollar you spend at any of our 1000 stores between now and the end of 1971. Its value can add up to hundreds of dollars, particularly since Christmas is coming." The coin, itself, is dated July 1, 1971, which I'm sure is the date of the 1000th store celebration. Customers may have received their tokens perhaps in the September / October timeframe and the discount would have been effective for some three months or so. Given that the promotion expired over 38 years ago, it's no surprise that the current management at "RadioShack" or "The Shack" would even know about the "Allied Radio Shack" days, never mind this old commemorative token.
I won one of these Bronze coins in the original contest. My coin ic dated July 1, 1971. I had this coin stored in my safe for years. About 20 years ago I found it again. After I found this coin I needed an item from Radio Shack. I took this coin with me. I did not have the original paper work any longer :-( but I did remember something about 10%. I thought it was for life. Each time I have carried this coin to a Radio Shack for a purchase, the WOW factor has always gotten me a 10% discount. If you have one of the original Bronze coins try it. Most owners and clerks I have had experiences with will accept the showing of the coin for a 10% discount. I value this coin for there were only 1000 of them made. To me this is a family heirloom and will be passed to my Geek family. Good Luck with your's.
The Radio Shack tokins are only selling for about $5 on eBay. You can check it out for yourself by doing a search for "Radio Shack Token". The bronze tokens are more rare than the aluminum tokens - but there isn't a big difference in selling price. Some versions of the tokens don't have an expiration date so, for what it's worth, their value is a least $1 at your local RadioShack store (if they'll honor them) !
I do not know if this coin has any REAL value, but in the times I have carried it to a Radio Shack and showed the coin, I have received a 10% discount every time. This will soon be a thing of the past.
I have one after winning it at a NJ radio shack in 1971. It is bronze colored and came in a clear plastic folder with a small card reading "This coin good for continuing 10% discount through December 31, 1971, Limited Edition" I was 13 at the time and could not make much use of the discount!