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Old 02-03-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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A friend'* great grandma recently past away. She collected coins and left in her will all her coin collection in her name. One coin that she came upon was this one. It seems to be a General Motors Pontiac coin?! Here are some pics.
This side says "Product of General Motors" with a wreath going around most of it:

THis side says "Pontiac" on the top. There'* and Indian chief head in the middle and on the bottoom it says "Chief of the Sixes"


Couldn't get the damn camera to focus very well :(

Anyome heard of these before? Era? Rare? And just for kicks, value?
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Do you have a macro mode on the camera?
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I believe it was a Native American "thing" so to speak, cant remember if it was a tribe or person or ritual.... There were also Bonneville motorcycles
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Do you have a macro mode on the camera?
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(it'll be a little flower (or something like it) in your functions somewhere?)


Still though, GM currency!
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I believe it was a Native American "thing" so to speak, cant remember if it was a tribe or person or ritual.... There were also Bonneville motorcycles
It'* clearly a GM/Pontiac coin from John'* comments. 'the sixes' might be a clue to what it was referring to.

The indian was a trademark of Pontiac for years, which is where the 'Star Chief' came from in 1956. The following year, the car was re-badged and named "Bonneville".

And here we go:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...952343726&rd=1

Nice find! Any chance you may gain ownership?
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The name Pontiac came from a Native American tribe whose territory centered around what is today the Detroit, Michigan area. More than likely, the coin is from a promotional collection produced to commemorate various NA tribes.
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The name Pontiac came from a Native American tribe whose territory centered around what is today the Detroit, Michigan area. More than likely, the coin is from a promotional collection produced to commemorate various NA tribes.
Thankyou, that what I was trying to spit out
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I don't really think this is very 'Indian' related as much as it is a GM thing. Bonneville is also a Native American name, which is one of the reasons it was chosen as the follow-on name to the Star Chief. A minor reason next to the reputation of the salt flats speed records, but a link, nonetheless.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

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I'm told it was given away in the '30'* at the Chicago World'* Fair. On the front it says "Pontiac. Chief of the Sixes", with an image of the Pontiac Chief. On the reverse it says "Product of General Motors", with a wreath going around the outer edges.In very small print at the bottom it says "W & H Co. USA".
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