½ Penny Token Side View - Bank of Montreal

Features

Issuer Lower Canada (Canadian provinces)
Issuing bank Bank of Montreal
Type Token
Years 1838-1839
Value ½ Penny (1⁄480)
Currency Pound
Composition Brass
Weight 10.2 g
Diameter 28.1 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number
N#
99299
References CCT# LC-10,
Clément Chapados-Girard; 2019. Canadian Colonial Tokens (10th edition). Charlton Press, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Breton His# 524
Pierre Napoléon Breton; 1894. Histoire illustrée des monnaies et jetons du Canada. P.N. Breton & Co., Montreal, Canada.

Obverse

Corner view of the bank building with lettering top and date below.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
BANK OF MONTREAL
1838

Reverse

Arms of the City of Montreal with Bank of Montreal on the ribbon.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
BANK TOKEN
CONCORDIA SALUS
BANK OF MONTREAL
1838
HALF PENNY

Edge

Plain

Comments

Weight: 9.9 - 10.4g
Diameter: 28.0 - 28.3mm

LC-10A1 Left fence has 13 palings, 8 to left of tree, Copper
LC-10A2 Left fence has 13 palings, 8 to left of tree, Brass
LC-10A3 Left fence has 11 palings, 6 to left of tree, Copper
LC-10A3a Left fence has 11 palings, 6 to left of tree, Brass
LC-10A4 Right fence has 8 palings, 3 to left of tree, Copper
LC-10B1 Left fence has 15 palings, beaver's tail touches garter
LC-10B2 Left fence has 14 palings, beaver's tail does not touch garter
LC-10B3 Mule of B1 and B2, left fence has 15 palings, beaver's tail does not touch garter

LC-10A Electrotype reproductions (edge stamped with"R") exist.
LC-10B Proofs exist.

In 1838, the Bank of Montreal replaced the Habitant tokens which arrived in June of 1839. They were short-lived as the manager of the bank did not like their workmanship or weight. The shipment was returned to England for melting. The tokens dated 1939 were produced in better copper and of proper weight but were again refused by the manager as inferior to the previous issue.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1838  LC-10A1
1838  LC-10A2
1838  LC-10A3
1838  LC-10A3a
1838  LC-10A4
1839  LC-10B1
1839  LC-10B2
1839  LC-10B3

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