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Token: Canada Montreal Un Sou  1837
Token: Canada Montreal Un Sou 1837

This token was minted back in 1837, before Canada became a federation. The government did not supply enough coinage to support commerce, so the banks filled the gap with small denomination pieces like this one.

It is called a bouquet token for obvious reasons. There are several different variations in pattern, but the wreath and bouquet of flowers is on all of them. Some variations replace TOKEN with BANQUE DU PEUPLE. They all are worth about the same amount.

Token collectors, a subset of coin collectors, seek out nice-looking examples to add to their collections. The one in our picture is in pretty good shape, and would sell for about $10 US dollars retail. In better condition, the price would go up, and vice versa.

If you have one to sell, figure that a coin dealer would pay about one-half of the retail price, or less, to buy it from you. The margin is large on this type of collectible because there are not many token collectors.

Coin: 13085 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: paul jewett, Mon, 19-Nov-2012 03:24:48 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 20-Sep-2013 03:08:39 GMT
Requester description: front side 'token un sou montreal' back side 'agriculture & commerce b&s canada' surrounds bouquet of flowers
Tags: token tokens toke canada montreal un sous sou flower blossom fler fleurs leis lisse flur folwers stems floral lily posy bouquet flowers flour fllower bud fleur bloomed floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals wreath bank banco banque people person peuple peoples persons agriculture agricultura commerce

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