ISDA Token Value / More Info?

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  1. Lyricfive

    Lyricfive Active Member

    Anyone knowledgeable with tokens and medals here? I have a very unusual one I cannot find anywhere else online. I believe ISDA would stand for International State Dept. of Agriculture.

    Trying to establish what this may be worth and if anyone would have more info on it. There is a catalog number for it but I cannot make sense of it. Thanks.
     

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  3. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    1970 token from an advertising company not that old the company still in operation.
     
  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    No clue, but The Benham-Pray Company are/were advertising specialist, so they must have minted the token for Keller but a search for Keller of Indianapolis doesn't really show anything definitive.
    Maybe contact Benham-Pray?
     
  5. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Keller is a large law firm in indy.
     
  6. cwtokenman

    cwtokenman Coin Hoarder

    I could be out in left field somewhere, but I have a different opinion. The first thing that struck me was that the token does not have a 1970's look to it, but more of a look from an earlier era. First, I looked in my Indiana token reference, but this token was not listed, perhaps because it is not a "Good For" something. In researching the Benham-Pray Co. while trying to find their years of operation, it appears that the company is no longer in business, at least not in Indianapolis, and I could not find much of their history.

    With the phrase "Quality Workmanship", that would indicate to me that Keller was making something, and would seem odd to me if it was in reference to a law firm. "Quality Service" or something similar would seem like a better choice of words in reference to a legal firm where word choice is of great importance.

    In looking closer at the token, I realized that the "7"s in the date look very similar to the "1" in the date. I believe this token is from 1911, not 1977. I only found one token from a Keller in Indianapolis, and it was dated June 4,5,6 - 1908 and was issued for the Golden Jubilee of ........... drum roll please, the I.S.D.A. and was compliments of the Keller Dental Laboratory of Indianapolis. This would lead me to guess that over 100 years ago I.S.D.A. perhaps stood for "Indiana State Dental Association", although currently they use I.D.A. I rest my case.

    Keller Group, Incorporated, a privately-held dental laboratory business with sales offices in Indiana, was bought out (for over $19 million) on October 5, 2006 by National Dentex Corporation, one of the largest owner/operators of dental laboratories in North America
     
  7. cwtokenman

    cwtokenman Coin Hoarder

    The phrase in the last paragraph should have read "with sales offices in Indianapolis,"
     
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  8. Lyricfive

    Lyricfive Active Member

    Amazing....thank you for your insight. I think you are onto something.
     
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's an advertising token.
     
  10. Muzyck

    Muzyck I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a biscuit today.

    The utensil makes me think of quality workmanship in the creation of silverware. Possibly related to the work of French silversmith Gustave Keller? He died in 1911.
     
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