Obverse Design


Reverse Design The legend "PANAMA 100th ANNIVERSARY" curves along the top. A second line curving underneath the first line says "1903-2003". The legend "TOKENS . MEDALS . PAPER MONEY" curves along the bottom. Above that another line curves along the bottom and says "PANAMA COINS". The center of the reverse has five lines as follows:

BOX 422
Color Black print on natural wood.
Material Wood. Weight About 2.5 grams. Size and Shape Round, 37.5 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued 2004.
Issuer Warren Plumer of Ashland, Virginia.
Mintage 1.
Rarity Very Rare. Manufacturer Old Time Wooden Nickel Company. Other Catalog Numbers None.
Varieties There are three varieties, all with the same reverse design. One variety has an Indian Head bust as the obverse design. Another variety has a Buffalo as the obverse design. The final variety was apparently a test piece (or pattern) and has a blank obverse.
Function Warren Plumer plans to use these wooden nickels as business cards, so coin dealers with Panama numismatic items of interest can contact him. Warren has also made a few of these wooden nickels available to collectors via ebay.
Population Count Warren ordered a total of 250 pieces, equally divided between the Indian Head design and the Buffalo design. Perhaps the manufacturer uses weight to determine the count, or just is generous because what Warren received was 128 nickels of the Indian Head design and 136 nickels of the Buffalo design, as well as one nickel with a blank obverse.