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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 wishbone. It is the fourth set of three symbols that exist on most of these tokens that seems to be unclear. I used to believe that the symbols were runic characters but after being contacted by David Ruckser who believed they were hieroglyphs, I did research in that area and now concur with David.
For most tokens, there are three symbols but not always the same three. One is sometimes vertically inverted. I understand the hieroglyphs to be:
- Bread bun (or feminine) or ideogram for basket: master, lord.
- Forearm with bread loaf meaning "to give"
- Irrigation canals also used for "the two lands."
My next goal is to understand what the combination of hieroglyphs mean.
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: