A MUST FOR COLLECTORS OF 19TH CENTURY CANADIAN COPPER COINAGE
If you collect Canadian Colonial Tokens, Province of Canada or Dominion of Canada Large Cents your library is not complete without a reprint of Batty’s Canadian Copper Coinage.
D. T. Batty was a prolific cataloguer of English and Colonial copper coinage. Beginning in 1868 and continuing until his death in 1896, Batty authored four volumes, with over 1,300 pages on copper coinage. Batty, whose carding reads:
D. T. Batty
10, Cathedral Yard, Manchester
Dealer in all kinds of
Old Coins, Medals, Old China, Stamps
Pictures, Curios, Old Oak Furniture
Weapons, Antiques, &C.
covered an extremely broad range of interesting collectables in mid-Victorian England.
The first three volumes comprise over 1,175 pages, made up of 49 parts, listing nearly 16,000 varieties of copper coinage, and in the final years a collection of 35,000 varieties must have place Batty as one of England’s leading dealers of the time.
Part I published in 1868 on English Penny Tokens was sold by subscription, as were the next 48 parts which were released over the following 27 years.
Volume IV, the final volume, was to list Colonial Copper Coinage. Batty died before it was completed however, the first five parts of Volume IV on Canadian Copper Coinage were published.
The Canadian Section, which is reprinted here, contains over 120 pages, listing just over 2,100 varieties of Colonial, Province of Canada and Dominion of Canada coinage. For example in the Province of Canada / Canada pages over 14 different varieties of the 1858 large cent are listed followed by 100 varieties of the 1859 large cent..
Batty cross-referenced his work with our 19th-century numismatic authors, LeRoux, Breton and especially McLachlan who seemed to be a particular favourite, for at times they seem to have traded coins as well as information.
Batty disagreed with Breton’s listing of the “On Repentigny” series of bridge Tokens (BR 546 to 557), listing them only under protest. His first hand knowledge of the circumstances under which they were sold by Sotheby in 1890 allowed him to challenge Low, Leroux and Breton.
The Canadian work is liberally sprinkled with notes such as:
R. W. Owen; LC-18, Batty 157
Note: “In the Author’s specimen, which is the only one he has seen, are traces of another Coin, or date and Letter below the Ship. McLachlan, p. 13 No. 50, gives this Coin as “Rare 6”.”
Bank of Upper Canada One Half Penny 1854; PC-5C2, Batty 807
Note: “The Author has failed to discover a Cross to the horizontal line of “4” on any of this date. See McLachlan, p. 62, Nos. 252 and 254.”
Broke, Halifax, Nova Scotia; NS-7S, Batty 849, Reverse Description
“R.—Female seated to left beside a Shield bearing the Crosses of SS. George and Andrew; a Laurel Sprig of 8 Leaves elevated in right Hand; Trident leaning on left Arm; 2 Ships in distance; Leg.; “BRITANNIA”. Ex. “1814”. E. Milled. (1.) Mr. McLachlan, p. 77, does not mention the Decoration on Breast; it is only discernible on a very fine impression. The Ships represent the famous sea fight between the Shannon and Chesapeke. Broke was the Commander of the Shannon.”
And he questions the validity of the listing of the Bon Pour Deus Sous token of 1812, LC-47E, Batty No. 941, and No. 1726A as a Canadian item.
“R.—Female seated holding Scales and Cornucopia; Leg., “ONE PENNY TOKEN 1813”. This coin is described on p. 68, No. 941* of this work as being from Sharpe, p. 206, No. 9, but gives “1812” as being on Obv. How these two and following one can be placed to the Canadian series the Author is at a loss to understand; he has only seen the next one, which is in his Cabinet of 1d. Tokens.”
For the student of Canadian Colonial Tokens and Victorian Large Cents this seldom found original manuscript is now available in reprinted form.