The ninth edition of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens is now available from coin dealers, bookstores or the Charlton Press. Token issues which entered circulation in Canada up to Confederation in 1867 will be found in this catalogue.
In colonial times there was a chronic shortage of coinage to support commerce. Provincial governments, chartered banks, merchants and tippling blacksmiths all contributed to a vast array of tokens which circulated in the absence of official coinage. Tokens are described in detail, with composition, weight, diameter, die axis, edge and date of issue information. Enlarged illustrations assist the collector in assigning the catalogue number to each token. In the case of particularly complicated issues, flow charts will easily guide the user to the correct identification. The Charlton numbering system is cross referenced to earlier systems devised by Breton, Courteau, Lees. Le Roux, McLachlan, Wood and Willey. Batty, Breton and LeRoux rarity numbers are also included.
Interest in Canadian Colonial Tokens is expanding rapidly. Auction sales are realizing record prices. An Owen Montreal Ropery token sold for over $66,000. Canadian Dollars. A price which would not have been dreamt of ten years ago.
The last three years have seen magnificent token collections pass over the auction block. The collections of the late Dr. John Temple, and John J. Ford Jr. contained rare and high quality colonial tokens, and some Specimen tokens that have not surfaced in a long time. These were but two collections sold. Many fine tokens were included in almost all catalogued auctions during the past three years.
Some of the more startling tokens were from the John. J. Ford Jr., 2013, Chicago ANA Auction:
LC-18 R. W. Owen Montreal Ropery, in choice mint state, sold for $52,875.
LC-7 Trade and Agriculture Ĺ Penny Montreal, Sold for $44,062.
NF-2 Peter McAuslane, St Johnís, Newfoundland, in extremely fine, sold for $41,125.
ó Vexator Canadiensis Token, choice extremely fine, unlisted, sold for $25,850.
John Ford developed a liking for Bank of Montreal Side View Pennies and Halfpennies. In total, he had collected thirty-one pieces.
As a result of all these items being listed and sold, the auction catalogue listings and prices realized have assisted greatly in updating the Colonial Token Catalogue for 2015.
Canadian Colonial Tokens can be purchased from Numismatics Dealers, Bookstores, Online Bookstores or directly from the publisher.