Below are the approx date ranges for the type of coin used.
In late 1972 the coin was raised above the surface of the bow and came in both gold and chrome covered plastic and are still used in Bear bows today. Manufacturer Location: in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and offices to Gainesville, Florida.
If your bow shows Gainesville on it then it was made after 1978 8. Below is a yearly production chart for the most popular Bear Bows.
The results of the auctions are listed at the end of this article.
----------------------------------------------------- DATING YOUR FRED BEAR BOW There are several features and changes that were made to the bear bows over the years that will help narrow the age of your bow or your potential investment. The Serial Number: These bows usually have, what appears to be a hand inscription on one of the limbs that gives a serial number along with the length and pull weight of the bow.
Usually on these types of auctions we tend to refresh and refresh and refresh the auction all the way to the end to watch the bidding but we got busy writing more listings and forgot.
When we did remember to go back and check the auction it was over and had ended at 2.55 The other 2 auctions for the quivers and arrows sold for a total of .00.The large Standing Bear decal was used until 1955 when it was replaced with silk-screening the identification on the bows. In 1959, the Kodiak Special removed the leather grip and in 1961 the Kodiak did the same, as well as the Grizzly in 1964. The Coin Medallion: Beginning in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of one type of metal or another.Copper Coin - 1959 Aluminum - 1960-1961 Pewter - 1962 Brass - 1963 - 1970 Nickel-Silver - 1971-1972 ALL coins were flush with the wood until 1972.The Leather Grip: ALL Bear bows had leather grips until 1959.In 1959, the Kodiak Special removed the leather grip and in 1961 the Kodiak did the same, as well as the Grizzly in 1964. The Coin Medallion: Beginning in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of one type of metal or another.Wood Handle Take-Down 1969-1972 Wood C-Riser Victor Custom 1973-1975 Magnesium Handle Take-Down A-B-C 1971-1978 Kodiak Static Recurve 1950-1953 Kodiak Recurve 1954-1966 Super Kodiak 1967-1976 Grizzly Static Recurve 1949-1957 Grizzly Recurve 1958-1978 Super Magnum 48 1966-1976 Kodiak Magnum 52" 1961-1977 Kodiak Hunter 58" and 60" 1967-1977 Tamerlane 1962-1968 Tamerlane HC-30 1965-1967 Tamerlane HC-300 1968-1972 Kodiak Special 1955-1967 Temujin 1968-1970 Tarter 1968-1972 Victor Patriot 1973-1977 Victor 1972 Polar (recurve) 1957-1970 Alaskan (leather grip semi-recurve) 1959-1961 Alaskan (recurve) 1966-1970 Tigercat 1964-1978 Bearcat 1964-1971 Black Bear 1972-1978 Little Bear 1965-1978 With this information you should be able to get really close to dating your Bear Bow if not pin-pointing it to the year.If you are looking to price your bow I would suggest first logging into your e Bay account and do a Completed Auction Search on the general keywords that match your bow, i.e.One item that sticks out are the vintage BEAR Recurve Bows.Recently on an out of town trip we stopped by an antique store like we usually do and saw this recurve bow in the corner.Based on a light embossed marking on this smaller, leather quiver that we pulled out we were able to date it to the late 1940's.We decided to break this up into 3 different auctions and started all three at .99.