GREAT BRITAIN - Canada Borderline Token 1814 Halfpenny Token Bowman #21 Withers #615

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GREAT BRITAIN - Canada Borderline Token 1814 Halfpenny Token Bowman #21 Withers #615 Graffiti "X"  on reverse. A very rare, seldom encountered token

LION HALFPENNY
Obverse: A lion walking to the left. “ HALFPENNY. 1814”.
Reverse: Britannia with sprig and trident seated left, a shield behind, in a wreath of oak leaves. 

Die Axis: ⇵

Weight: 8.40 grams

Edge: Plain

This token is similar to those made for the British Copper Company in Walthamstowe, Essex. There were several types, and many varieties, but this is the only one that is dated 1814. The Withers feel that this is a contemporary imitation, particularly in view of the missing initials of the British Copper Co. The so-called Canadian Borderline Tokens are not listed by either Breton or LeRoux and cannot be claimed that they are one hundred percent Canadian, but they had a more or less limited circulation in Canada during the years when currency of small denominations was almost nonexistent. From about 1810 to the time when decimal coinage was established in Upper and Lower Canada in 1858, almost any type of coin was acceptable by the people in general.