Bear 100th Birthday Gold Coins Available
the 100th birthday of the first teddy bear, proof Ten Dollar
face value coins, containing 1/10 oz. of pure gold, have been
issued. While they are dated 2002, they were not released
until April, 2003. The delightful design by award-winning
artist Alex Shagin, shows a teddy bear wearing a party hat
and holding a birthday cake. These are made in the USA as
authorized by the Republic of Liberia.
The Teddy Bear anniversary gold coin is available for collectors
at the official issue price of $69 from the exclusive distributor
PandaAmerica, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA
90503. The coin is also available as a pendant, mounted in
a 14kt gold diamond cut bezel, for $109. Credit card orders
can be placed by calling (800) 4-PANDAS or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add $5.50 per order for shipping and handling.
The teddy bear got its start with a cartoon that showed President
Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a baby bear (while hunting
in Mississippi). The cartoon, drawn by Clifford Berryman,
appeared in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. It inspired
Morris and Rose Michtom of Brooklyn, New York, to make a bear
in honor of the president's actions. The Michtoms named their
bear "Teddy's Bear" and placed it in the window
of their candy and stationery store. The demand was so strong
that the Michtoms founded the first teddy bear manufacturer
in the United States, the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.
by Mel Wacks