CANADA, copper token, 1814


CANADA, LOWER CANADA, token, 1814, Obverse: laureate bust of George III R, GREAT BRITAIN, Reverse: female seated L holding grain sheaf & olive branch, COMMERCE 1814, Edge: plain, copper, 27mm, 6.7g, gouge, edge nick, scratches, aG

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This is a common token but not in the modern Canadian references. It is stylistically akin to the “Tiffin” series. This one comes with a note: “AJN Jan 1885 #579,” and at one point I wrote this on the holder: ChLC47. A web search on December 23, 2020 found several for sale or on display, none with catalog references.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather, it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper, but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately, but sometimes governments got involved.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.