The Indians organization began it's life prior to the 1901 season. But, 1901 signified the first 'official' season in the American League (though they were Naps then). And so, a hundred years after the Indians played the White Sox on opening day in 1901 (the Tribe lost, 8-2), Cleveland celebrated by holding all kinds of century-mark gala events and minting coins. I am now the proud owner of two of those coins:
The picture above represents a coin offered up by Dodge. The coin is shrink-wrapped or vacuum-sealed to the card it's on. And, for being still protected in plastic, I have to say the face is heavily worn on this jobbie. But, none of that matters to me! The card itself features a look at Indians history starting with "present day" and working back to 1901. The card does not indicate how many of these were made, unlike the Brisk Tea version:
The Brisk Tea version also has historical facts, but it starts with 1901 and works forward. The coin is labeled "2nd of 3 Commemorative Coins." I don't know if the two coins were part of the same set, or if Brisk made 3 different versions. I like the fact that this coin shows the "SOX" and "INDIANS" logos, specifying the game played on July 25, 2001.
I wonder if the guys who played in 1901 ever thought there would be another game between the two teams 100 years later...