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Many of the swastika tokens are very common and are not worth more than $20 to $30 in uncirculated condition; in used condition there worth is between $5 and $15. Of course there are exceptions but for the most part, I recommend that you are careful with your bidding on places like eBay. (The "Value" link-tab to the right is for "Good Value Club"; not for token value.)
A great many good luck tokens were made from the 1910's through the 1930's. Until World War II, the swastika was one of the significant symbols of good luck and was used on many tokens during this period. Of course, the German use of the swastika changed that and it is no longer used as a positive symbol.
Within the swastika, there are four symbols. The first three are easy; horseshoe, four leave clover and wish bone. It is the fourth set of three symbols that exist on most of these tokens that seems to be unclear. I've done a bit of research and I believe they are runic characters. However, I was contacted by David Ruckser who believes through studies he has done that the symbols are Hieroglyphs. So both points of view are presented below.
Runes are an alphabetic script used by the people of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination." (The Runic Journey by Jennifer Smith, 2003).
Hence, like the other symbols of luck these runic symbols are of superstition (view). The three runic symbols that I believe may be the symbols on the tokens stand for: protection, mother goddess, and home and family unity. If you have more information, please email me.
These three symbols are slightly different than today's standardization of them but I feel it is due to variation in character drawings in the same manner as we all write differently. The two images to the right show some variation that exists on there tokens.
Or Egyptian Hieroglyphs?
David Ruckser says that in order to be runic, the characters should be in the correct direction. He feels that this is very important. My argument is that people from the twentieth century put this design on the tokens and probably had no sense of direction. An example of the wrong direct is the runic letter "Thorn" which should face like a "D". A reference to basic hieroglyph letters can be found at www.greatscott.com/hiero/. You will notice that the hieroglyph letter T, , faces up.
What is important is that there are other points of view. Until someone can find the original reference to the symbols, it is important to keep an open mind.
As an attempt to classify the tokens and make it easier for viewing, I have categorized the tokens into five groups. My groups are:
An interesting variation of the swastika is that some are right facing, some left facing. It seems that the variation is primarily attributed to symmetry of design when both are used. Within the swastika arms are also good luck symbols. For the right facing swastika, the common pattern is: