Obverse Design Lettering enameled black. Line curved along top edge "GOOD YEAR" with the Good Year winged shoe design between the two words. Second line "PANAMA" Across the middle in a larger font "450" (employee number).
Reverse Design Blank.
Metal Brass Size and Shape Octagon 63 mm in size with two side slots.
Dates Issued Unknown. The Goodyear Rubber Plantation was started in 1935 and operated into the 1940's and perhaps later.
Issurer Goodyear Corporation.
Numbers Issued Pieces in collector hands include #171, #450, #461 and #474.
Rarity Rare. Manufacturer Unknown. Other Catalog Numbers Rulau's CZ 65, Asociación Numismático's ID-22.
Varieties None known.
Function Tentatively attributed as tree tags for Goodyear. Goodyear started a rubber tree plantation in Panama in 1935. According to one source, the plantation was located on the shores of the Lake Gatun. Information is sketchy, but apparently either a rubber tree blight or the development of synthetic rubber or both brought about the end of the project after a few years.
Population Count Four specimens of this metal check in collector hands are known to me. Recent sales include:
  1. Auction sale on ebay on January 16, 2005 of #171 for $15.51.