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Fostoria Coin Glass

Fostoria Glass Company of Moundsville, West Virginia also made a line of glass decorated with coins. It was called simply "Coin Pattern" and was #1372 in Fostoria's catalog.

Unlike the 19th century U.S. Coin pattern, the coins on the Fostoria pattern were not copied from actual coins. They were more like medallions and featured a variety of subjects.

Original Fostoria coin pattern was made from 1958 to 1982. However, the pattern was reproduced by Lancaster Colony which purchased Fostoria and its molds in 1983.

Pieces known to have been reproduced include:

bowl, 8"

bowl, ftd. 8 1/2"

bowl, oval 9"

cream pitcher

candlesticks, 4"

candy jar, covered

compote, ftd

sugar

urn, covered

wedding bowl, covered.

This list is probably incomplete; more pieces may have been made.

Original Fostoria Coin was made in amber, blue, crystal, green, olive green and red. Reproduction colors include crystal, green, blue and red. The new green is a darker forest green; the new blue is a pale blue like Cambridge Caprice; old blue is a deep sky blue.

All the coins on all original Fostoria are frosted (except for some originals which have gold decorated coins). The coins on new pieces made by Lancaster Colony are not frosted. However, many of these unfrosted coins are being frosted--with either acid or sandblasting--after they are purchased from factory outlets and retail shops.

Sandblasting is the most common and easiest way to frost the glass. Sandblasted coins generally have very poor detail and look blurred (Fig. 3). Original frosted coins maintain sharp mold details and a precise clear image (Fig.1).

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Fig. 1

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Fig. 2

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Fig. 3

Figs. 1-3 These three close-ups show the differences between Fostoria Coin originals, reissues and forged pieces. Fig. 1 is an original with smooth even frosting and good detail; note the beaded border. Fig. 2 is a new unfrosted coin made and sold by Lancaster Colony. Fig. 3 a new coin after sandblasting; the date is barely legible, the beaded border is almost completely removed.