The "coin" was Fred Bear's most recognized business trademark! The 1959 Bear catalog introduces the coin medallion as symbolic of high quality, precision performance and lasting beauty, a "symbol of the finest." Sure sums it up, right?
I have spent many enjoyable days with many of the Grayling employees and even they are not sure of the serial ranges.
They never dreamed that people would be collecting all these bows!
Im totally amazed at how good everything has become for all of us traditional bowhunters.
We have some of the most liberal hunting seasons here in the U. and most bow seasons are during the most beautiful time of the year to be out in the fields.
None of us could ever thank enough the early pioneers of the sport that through their tireless efforts put bowhunting on the calendar for all of us to enjoy.
Although with the relentless anti-hunters' threat, there is no doubt that bowhunting would cease to exist without the constant efforts of organizations like The Professional Bowhunters Society, The Pope and Young Club, The Wildlife Legislative Fund, The National Rifle Association and many other national and state organizations.
(OOPS, a slip of the pen.) Although the coin is a major ID tool it is sometimes confusing.
In 1959 both copper, nickel and brass were used in the higher and lower grades of bows.
Most of the bows made after the early 1950s are still very usable, but there are no guarantees that come with any of them.
Some common sense precautions are necessary in the purchase and intended use of any old bow.
No, I'm no expert in them and may never figure it all out, but I have had my share come and go.