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½ Penny Speed the Plough

½ Penny (Speed the Plough) -  obverse½ Penny (Speed the Plough) -  reverse

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Country Canadian provinces (Prince Edward Island)
Type Token
Year 1857
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Currency Pound (1790-1871)
Composition Copper
Weight 5.6 g
Diameter 26.0 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
References CCT# PE-5,
Canadian Colonial Tokens
by William K. Cross
(Charlton Press)
Breton# 917
Histoire illustrée des monnaies et jetons du Canada
by Pierre Napoléon Breton
(P. N. Breton & Cie)


Fish filet with lettering top and bottom



Plow facing right with lettering above and below.





Weight:  5.2 - 6.0g
Diameter:  25.9 - 26.1mm

PE-5A     Clevis reverse, medal axis.
PE-5B1  Hook reverse, medal axis (Ralph Heaton & Sons)
PE-5B2  Hook reverse, coin axis (Ralph Heaton & Sons)

Minor  obverse variations exist in the size and shape of the tail and the lower fin.  Reverse variations exist in the placement of the crossbar on the clevis.  Large quantities of the hook variety were exported to Newfoundland.

Clift, Wood & Co. of Charlottetown are credited with 1st importing this token into Prince Edward Island.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1857  32% Strong hook (delete)
ND (1859)  36% PE-5A
ND (1860)  25% PE-5B1
ND (1860)  21% PE-5B2

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