If you have several vintage Coke bottles hidden away thinking they will be worth something later – you may be right.
However, you probably won’t be able to retire off of your collection, and that’s because old Coke bottles are not as rare as you may think:
(That is unless you happen to have an 1899 Coke bottle).
Fact: Unless you have some very old examples, you won’t have much in the way of very valuable Coke bottles.
Regardless, there is something about Coca-Cola merchandise that reminds us of our youth, and having some of these reminders around is never a bad idea.
So here is a look at what vintage Coca-Cola bottles you should be trying to collect and how to date them.
5. Retro Embossed Coca-Cola Bottles
In 2000, the Coca-Cola Company reintroduced embossed Coke bottles with city names on the bottom.
Only 24 cities were featured on the special 8-ounce glass contour bottles. These are the less valuable of the old Coke bottles and worth just to a few bucks each – but still worth collecting.
4. Coca-Cola Contour Bottles
It was in 1913 that the Coca-Cola company embarked on the marketing plan of creating a distinctive looking bottle. The goal was to have a bottle that could identify the contents as being Coke even just by feel in the dark.
The contour bottle that we all grew up with came out in 1916. The US Patent Office recognized the shape in 1960 as being unique to just Coke. The contour bottle shape has nicknames that it goes by including the Mae West bottle or the hobble skirt bottle.
These range in value up to $15 each.
3. Vintage Town Name Bottles
The name of the town where the drink was bottled was once embossed on the bottom of vintage Coke bottles. This ended in the early 1960s. At one point, there were 1,450 different towns identified on these bottles.
For many collectors, these bottles bring back childhood memories of playing such things as the “Distance Game” where the player with the bottle that came from the furthest distance won.
While these are not considered very rare, they are worth between $75 and $100.
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2. Straight-Sided Bottles
When the Hutchinson bottles were being phased out, they were replaced for a short period by some different bottles that were straight-sided.
These bottles came out in 1900 in various sizes, colors and had numerous different markings on them.
Clear and light green straight-sided bottles were used in most of the United States and in the South and Midwest amber-colored bottles were more common.
The latter is also the most valuable of the colored bottles. The straight-sided Coke bottles range in value from $25 to $400.
1. The Rare Ones – Hutchinson Bottles
The first-ever Coca Cola bottles that date back to the mid-1890s and into the early 1900s are known as Hutchinson bottles. They were called this as the metal stopper device that was used to seal them was the Hutchinson stopper.
To open a bottle, you had to punch down on a metal loop in the stopper that would break the seal and make a “pop” sound. That is also how soda pop got its name – from the popping sound made when a seal was broken.
Hutchinson bottles with a script-lettered logo range in value from $2,500 to $4,000.