1844 bank of montreal canada half penny token half cent

1844 bank of montreal canada half penny token half cent

In the first half of the 19th century there was a large shortage of small coins in Lower Canada. Following a government decision in 1835, to remove all the lightweight pieces from circulation, the shortage became acute. No official coins were issued but the Bank of Montreal, the Quebec Bank, the City Bank and La Banque du Peuple were given authority to issue penny and halfpenny tokens of a weight similar to that of British copper coins.

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