History of the Coins and Tokens of Canada - 1894

THE COLONIES IN GENERAL

 

857
1820-22. Struck mainly for circulation in the West Indies. The subdivisions of the Spanish dollar which were cut up to make change, are represented by this and the three following coins. These having been illustrated and classified among Canadian coins by other authors, I thought I had better continue its publication. Those dated 1820 were struck for Mauritius. 1820 - R. 4. 1822 - R. 3 ˝.
 

858

1820-22. See note at No. 857. 1820 - R. 2 ˝. 1822 - R. 1 ˝.

 

859

1820-22. See note at No. 857. 1820 - R. 2. 1822 - R. 1 ˝.

 

860

1820-22. See note at No. 857. 1820 - R. 2. 1822 - R. 1 ˝.

 

861

A pattern struck to illustrate a proposition to establish a decimal system in all the British Colonies. About 20 specimens are known, all proofs. R. 5.

 

862

See note No. 861. R. 5.

 
PROVINCE OF CANADA.

863

Issue 750,000. There is a counterfeit variety, very rude, struck in nickel. R. 0.

 

864

Issue one and a quarter millions. R. 0.

 

865

Issue one and a half millions. R. 0.

 

866

Issue - 1858 - One million. 1859 - Nine millions.

 
NOVA SCOTIA.

867
Issue 400,000. Seven varieties. R. 1.
 

868
Issue 217,776. Four varieties. R. 1 ˝.
 

869
Issue 118,636. Three varieties. R. 1 ˝.
 

870
Issue 200,000. Five varieties, of which there are counterfeits. R. 1.
 

871
Issue 800,000. Seven varieties, of which there are counterfeits. R. 0.
 

872

A variety with the date transposed. Probably issued by the counterfeiters who struck many of the anonymous pieces issued about 1835 in Montreal. R. 5.

 

873
1840-43. Issue 150,000 each year. Three varieties, 1840. Two varieties, 1843. R. 1.
 

874
1840-43. Issue 300,000 each year. Four varieties of each date. R. 0.
 

875

Issue 150,000. The design of the Mayflower on this coin was suggested and drawn by John S. Thompson, father of Sir John Thompson. Two varieties; one with L. C. W. under the bust. R. 0.

 

876

Issue 300,000. Designed as last, No. 875. Two varieties; one with L. C. W. under the bust. R. 0.

 

877

1861-62-64. Issue for 1881-64 - 800,000 for each date. Issue for 1862 - One million. Notwithstanding that there was a larger issue reported for 1862, it is far rarer than those of 1861-64. These dates will long continue to be common. 1861-64 - R. 0. 1862 - R. 1 ˝.

 

878

1861-64. Issue, 400,000 each date. R. 1.

 

879

Broke was commander of the Frigate Shannon that captured the United States war vessel Chesapeake off Boston Harbour on the first of June 1813, and on the 6th of June he brought his prize into the port of Halifax. As this most important naval action of the war of 1812-14 followed a number of defeats, Broke was feted during his stay in Halifax. 3 varieties. R. 1 ˝.

 

880

The obverse of this coin is the same as the Carritt & Alpert coin, No. 881, and there is little doubt but that it is an earlier issue by that firm. R. 2.

 

881

The Frigate here portrayed is intended to represent the Shannon entering the Port of Halifax. Carritt & Alpert were dry goods merchants. R. 1 ˝.

 

882

Hosterman & Etter were hardware merchants and watchmakers. The building represented on this coin was the Government House. R. 1 ˝.

 

883

A lighter coin issued by the same firm as No. 882. 2 varieties, in one of which several of the windows are not sashed. R. 1.

 

884

Starr & Shannon were in the hardware business. 2 varieties. R. 1.

 

885

This token is an earlier issue of Starr & Shannon, without their name. R. 1 ˝.

 

886

Three varieties, differing in the appearance of the bust. Two of the busts are similar to two of the busts on the Barry coin, No. 891, and another like the bust on the Hosterman & Etter, No. 883. R. 1 ˝.

 

887

This is a similar design to the last, only that the obverse and reverse inscription have been transposed. R. 2 ˝.

 

888

3 varieties. R. 1.

 

889

2 varieties. R. 1 ˝.

 

890

R. 1 ˝.

 

891

John Alexander Barry was a dry goods merchant, and a member of the Nova Scotia Legislature. 3 varieties, differing in the bust. R. 1 ˝.

 

892

Issued by W. A & S. Black, hardware merchants, who were sons of the Rev. Wm. Black, the founder of Methodism in Nova Scotia. R. 1 ˝.

 

893

A later coin issued by the same as last, No. 892. R. 2.

 

894

R. 1.

 

895

This, one of the rarest of Nova Scotian coins, was probably issued by some politician favoring the union of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. R. 3.

 

896

John Brown was a West Indian merchant. This coin was issued in 1815. R. 1.

 

897

Robert Purves, who commenced business in 1855, also carried on a branch at Tatamagouche. He retired in 1870 and died in 1872. The balance of these coins, about 200, were purchased from the widow by Mr. E. J. Howell. R. 1.

 

898

This coin, it is claimed, was struck for a firm of mitters who intended starting business in Nova Scotia, but never carried out their purpose. Two of these coins were seen among the Canadian coins in an English collection. R. 4.

 

899

This coin was considered very rare, having sold as high as ten dollars, but a large number have been recently found, and its price has fallen accordingly. 2 varieties. R. 2 ˝.

 

900

This token, which was at one time counted so rare that a specimen sold as high as $25.00, is now comparatively common, a large board having been discovered during the demolition of the old office of the company. R. 2.

 

901

Blackley for some years did a retail business at Halifax. The word "salt" seems to be an error of the Birmingham engraver, who seems to have confounded dry goods with something relating to dried cod fish. R. 2.

 

902

Struck in Montreal by Dawson. R. 1 ˝.

 

 

903  

Richard Shepheard is a Halifax hotel- keeper, and this check was used in connection with the billiard room, being good for one game .. Of the 100 issued in 1886 about 25 are known to be in the hands of collectors. R. 2 ˝.

 
NEW BRUNSWICK

904
1862-64. Issue 150,000 of each date. R. 0.
 

905
1862-64. Issue 1862 - 150,000. Issue 1864 - 100,000. R. 0.
 

906
1862-64. Issue 100,000 each date. R. 0.
 

907
1861-64. Issue one million each date. R. 0.
 

908

There were no half cents ordered for New Brunswick, but a small lot was struck by mistake at the Royal mint, and sent out with those ordered by Nova Scotia. R. 2.

 

909

A semi-official coin or token issued by the Provincial Government without authority from the home authorities. R. 1.

 

910

A semi-official coin. R. 1.

 

911

A semi-official coin. R. 1.

 

912

A semi-official coin. R. 1.

 

913
Issued about 1830. The reverse is the same as on No. 533. R. 2.
 

914

Issued about 1855 and considered very rare. This firm have only been a short time in business. R. 4.

 
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

915

There was a very large issue of this coin, over two millions. It is thus found plentifully in circulation, and will be considered very common for some time to come. R. 0.

 

916

Issued by James Milner of Charlottetown. This coin is considered very rare, especially in good condition. R. 4.

 

917

Issued by two or three different firms on the Island, which explains why there are different varieties, one has a clevis and another a hook for hitching it to the whipletree. R. 1.

 

918
Issued for change. Several varieties. R. 1.
 

919
1855-57. Issued to circulate as change. Several varieties. R. 1.
 

920
Issued by James Duncan to circulate as change. R. 1.
 

921
Issued in 1858 to circulate as change. R. 1.
 

922
Issue one hundred, to be used as bar or pool checks. R. 2.
 

923
One hundred issued in 1892 for the same as No. 922. R. 1 ˝.
 

924

Anse-Canot or Canoe Cove runs in from one of the bays on the Coast of Prince Edward Island. This coin was probably issued to represent a certain monetary value by one of the Acadian or Breton fisherman. The only known specimen is in the collection of Mr. Cyrille Tessier of Quebec. R. 5.

 

 

Contents & Directory

All images are illustrated approximately 1.5 X.

Preface

Includes - Table of rarities, Wampum & Card Money.

French Regime

Breton 501 to 519.

Quebec-1

Breton 520 to 533.

Quebec-2

L'Isle and Repentigny tokens.
Breton 534 to 557.

Quebec-3

Breton 558 to 669.

Quebec-4

The Bouquet Series.
Breton 670 to 716.

Ontario

Breton 717 to 856.

Colonies in general

Province of Canada, Nova Scotia,

New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island.

Breton 857 to 924.

North-West

British Columbia, Dominion of Canada, 
Newfoundland, Anonymous and Miscellaneous
Breton 925 to 924.

Biographies

Of the Principal Canadian Collectors.

Paper money

 

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