OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
January 23, 2007
Until recently the collectors market has seen no reproductions of the
Ohio Highway Patrol badge. This is mostly because the number panel of
the Ohio badge is so expensive to reproduce. With each badge having to
be numbered individually, then set in the reverse hard enamel, the constant
changing of numbers would be time consuming and expensive.
Someone has copied the Ohio Highway Patrol die and is reproducing OHP
badges displaying the number 757. The badges have been seen with both
PATROLMAN and TROOPER ranks. The die is not well done, and easily detected
when the reproduction is matched against a valid department issue badge.
The badge can be easily detected as long as the maker sticks to the same
number 757. There are also other mistakes easily seen by the educated
eye when looking at the face of the badge.
Both the PATROLMAN and TROOPER 757 repro badges are shown in this posting.
Should you encounter one of these badges, keep in mind they are worthless
as a collectible. All things considered, they might bring $35 as a novelty
badge. If you have questions about a badge, send us pictures of the back
and front for an opinion.