Canadian Colonial Tokens

W. K. Cross
A shortage of circulating legal tender in Canada from 1800 to 1860 forced local governments and merchants to devise their own coinage for commerce. Tokens used in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Lower Canada (East) and Upper Canada (West) are described in detail, including composition, weight, diametre, die axis, edge, and date of issue. All tokens are cross-referenced with other established numbering systems such as Breton, Courteau, Lees, LeRoux, McLachlan, Wood and Willey. Batty, Breton and LeRoux rarity numbers are also included. A legend index allows collectors to easily identify even the most obscure token.


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