Out of all the Fostoria American Coasters, this stunning 16-rayed version is the hardest one to find. It is easy to understand why, for they were only produced from 1980-1982. With a short production run, and also being prone to breakage during and after the manufacturing process, there simply are not a lot of them available. Even fewer are the ones in great condition.
The Coaster (with 16 rays) is approximately 3¾” in diameter. Expect slight variations in size. The 16-rayed coasters that I have are slightly smaller – bigger than 3½” but smaller than 3¾”. The outer rim of glass that surrounds this Coaster is thinner than the other variations, making it a bit more fragile.
I have noticed from my own experience that glasses do not sit as securely in the center of this Coaster as they do in the other variations. Since the thinner 16-Rayed Coaster had production and breakage issues, it is very plausible that the thicker 12-Rayed Coaster was then designed to help correct these problems.
While the 16-Rayed Coaster might be more difficult to find (especially in great condition) it is truly one of the prettiest Coasters that Fostoria Glass ever produced. If you would like to learn more about pricing and availability, please click the following sponsored link for available Coasters on eBay.