Celebrating 50 Year's of India's Independence Coca-Cola bottle

India became an independent nation after 200 years of British rule on August 15, 1947. Three years later, Coca-Cola's first bottling operation in India began at Pure Drinks, Ltd. in New Delhi. Coca-Cola continued its expansion in India for 30 years. By 1977, 450 million bottles of Coke were sold per year by 200,000 retail outlets and they were produced by 6,000 workers at the 22 bottling plants. An estimated 60 million returnable glass bottles were in circulation.

However, India's Foreign Exchange Act in 1977 forced The Coca-Cola Company to exit the 600 million people market until the India government welcomed foreign investments again in 1991.

On October 24, 1993, Coca-Cola's inaugural bottling operation began in Agra.  By then India's population had grown to over 900 million.  By 2013, Coca-Cola had invested over $2 billion and built 58 bottling plants to serve the second most populous nation on earth.

Four years later, Coca-Cola produced a commemorative bottle to celebrate India's golden jubilee. The 200ml glass bottle features a stylized flag of India with the number 50 in the middle. Beneath it the caption reads "Celebrating 50 years of India's Independence." The backside shows Coca-Cola Trademark Regd.  Between the graphic and the trademark is a square Coke wave device and 200ml COMMEMORATIVE BOTTLE. A cardboard presentation box also came with the bottle.

On May 17, 2020, a 1993 200ml Coca-Cola commemorative bottle in a wooden display box sold on eBay for $1,383.96.

The white ACL bottle has Happy to be here! text along with three bursts of fireworks over Coca-Cola trademark and INDIA 1993 COMMEMORATIVE BOTTLE in the main graphic panel.  The backside has BOTTLE FOR BEVERAGE ONLY 200 ml.  The bottle is full with a white crown cap.

The display box is lined with a mirror inside and the removable clear cover has Coca-Cola in red and Commemorative Bottle India 1993 in gold.

This was likely one of the highest prices ever paid for a Coca-Cola commemorative bottle on eBay if not the highest in recent memory.

A Toast to Disney and Ovitz from Coca-Cola bottle

Michael Ovitz became the President of The Walt Disney Company in October 1995. The Coca-Cola Company prepared a special bottle featuring Mickey Mouse holding a bottle of Coca-Cola. The caption reads "A Toast To Disney & Ovtiz From Coca-Cola"  in red. October 3, 1995 in white text appears on the neck of the bottle.

Backside of the bottle has the Coca-Cola CLASSIC trademark. No UPC. No GAN.

However, the bottle was never released and reportedly most of the bottles were destroyed.

In the 1999 Ad Age Advertising Century, Michael Ovitz was No. 89 of the Top 100 people. Co-founder of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Ovitz signed The Coca-Cola Company as a customer in 1991 and in 1993 launched the Always Coca-Cola campaign with the CG-animated Polar Bear commercials.

After 30 Years at CAA, Michael Ortiz left to join Disney as President but he only lasted 15 months.

The Coca-Cola Company has had a long history with The Walt Disney Company. When Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California in 1955, Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner at the end of Main Street was one of the inaugural restaurants. The two companies continued their partnership for over 6 decades as Coca-Cola being the beverage provider for Disney's theme parks and resorts worldwide with the exception of the Shanghai location.

KO NYSE Listed 1919-2019 Coca-Cola bottle

On August 16, 1919, The Coca-Cola Company made its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange at $40 a share.   The stock debut under the symbol: KO on NYSE.

According to the Authorized Share History, The Coca-Cola Company had 600,000 shares authorized.  100,000 preferred shares at par $100 and 500,000 common shares without par value.

Coca-Cola stock has split 11 times since its IPO.  One share purchased before its first one-for-one split via dividend on April 25, 1927 would have been turned into 9216 shares after its 11th split on July 27, 2012.  That means excluding dividends, one share invested at $40 at the IPO share price in 1919 would have become 9216 shares and at the closing price of $40.01 on July 27, 2012, the value of the $368,732.16.

In celebrating the 100th anniversary of NYSE:KO, the World of Coca-Cola Atlanta gave away this special bottle on Sunday, December 8, 2019 and the admission to the museum was also free.

The 8oz glass bottle has 1919-2019 on the neck.  KO LISTED NYSE and CELEBRATING 100 YEARS graphics appear at the middle.   All the letterings are in white except for the "Wave" in red over the 100.

No UPC.  GAN: 2019-80252.

23rd Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club Convention bottle

The Coca-Cola Collectors Club held its 23rd annual convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado from July 30 - August 2, 1997.

The convention bottle is a 8oz glass bottle featuring Smokey the Bear.  Underneath Smokey is lettering in orange: Colorado Springs - 1997 23rd Annual Convention. The Coca-Cola Collectors Club lettering in white appears on the neck. UPC: 491820. No GAN.

Berkshire Hathaway 1988-2013 Coca-Cola bottle

Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger purchased 6.2% of the outstanding shares of The Coca-Cola Company for $1,000,000,000.00 in 1988 making their Berkshire Hathaway the largest stockholder of the Atlanta company.

In 2013, a Coca-Cola bottle was made to commemorate the 25 years of this historic investment by Berkshire Hathaway.  It was given out during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend in May.

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) owned 400,000,000 shares of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) in 2013.  The closing price of KO on May 3, 2013, the day before BRK shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, was $42.24.  The value of KO shares owned by Berkshire Hathaway was $16,896,000,000.00.

The 8 oz glass bottle was fully wrapped in red with the lettering in white: Coca-Cola CELEBRATES 25 Years with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 1988-2013.  A large stylized 25 in black appears at the waist of the bottle behind Berkshire Hathaway Inc.


100 Years of the Coca-Cola bottle gold Limited Edition 1 of 2500

The Coca-Cola Company celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Contour Bottle in 2015.  Three different colored glass bottles were made for collectors: Red, Gold and Silver.

Each bottle is hand numbered at the bottom with a limited edition of 2500.  The bottle is empty but capped and comes with a bottle-shaped hang tag tied to the neck.

This gold bottle features the stylized 100 logo with the contour shaped bottles in each of the digits and the text 100 Years of the Coca-Cola bottle beneath it in red.

There were multiple editions released for this bottle.

Another design has the 00 stylized with 12 contour bottles in a circular pattern around one bottle in the center.

It is numbered LIMITED EDITION 1 of 2500 on the base plate of the bottle.

No UPC and no GAN.

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary 1947-1997 Coca-Cola bottle

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball as the first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

In 1997, Major League Baseball honored this special milestone by retiring Robinson's uniform number 42 across all teams.

Read more about Robinson's historic achievement by breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball on History.com

Jackie Robinson's 50th Anniversary with the Dodgers was celebrated with a commemorative Coca-Cola bottle.

The commemorative bottle features the official 50th Anniversary logo 1947-1997 Dodgers and Jackie Robinson's signature.

UPC: 04918202. GAN: 1996-4211. 8oz glass bottle.

In 1982, Jackie Robinson was honored by the United States Post Office on the 20 cent Black Heritage series stamp. The first day of issue ceremony was held on August 2 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Since then, USPS had issued two more stamps featuring the famed baseball player. Robinson was on the 1999 33c Celebrate the Century - 1940s stamp and the 2000 33c Legends of Baseball stamp.

In 2019, the annual Southeast Stamp Expo also honored Jackie Robinson with a show cover and special postmark cancellation to honor the centennial birth of Jackie Robinson.