QUEBEC St Cuthbert Edouard Marchand 5 pc set Leroux 1071g to 1071k dated 1823, but circa 1896
There is endearing simplicity to these tokens. The KCROY on the obverse referring to York, which St Cuthbert was previously known as, and RUENNAT for Tanneur (Tannery) The 1890s were interesting times for collectors of Canadian tokens. For the number of collectors in Canada there was a plethora of Numismatist Cards i.e. Joseph Leroux, Thomas Church, P. O. Tremblay et cetra and then there were the fantasies such as these Edouard Marchand pieces that gave the issuer as Leroux states something to facilitate exchange. A 100 years plus seems to create acceptability, and for Leroux to catalogue them in the 1890s maybe even some acceptance when they were first issued.
Leroux 1071g - EDOUARD MARCHAND / KCROY / RUENNAT / 1823. / I PEAU MOUTON 10 SOUS, 31mm 8.77 grams
Leroux 1071h - EDOUARD MARCHAND / KCROY / RUENNAT / 1823. / I PEAU VEAU 12 SOUS, 31mm 9.30 grams
Leroux 1071i - EDOUARD MARCHAND / KCROY / RUENNAT / 1823. / I PEAU VACHE 80 SOUS, 31mm 9.02 grams
Leroux 1071j - EDOUARD MARCHAND / KCROY / RUENNAT / 1823. / I PEAU BOEUF 100 SOUS, 31mm 9.38 grams
Leroux 1071k - EDOUARD MARCHAND / KCROY / RUENNAT / 1823. / I PEAU CHEVAL 110 SOUS, 31mm 8.67 grams
In the September 1912 edition of the American Numismatic Association. The Numismatist there is a report that, "The Edouard Marchand tannery checks Leroux 1071g through 1071k were made for a collector in 1896 although they purport to have been issued by his father who owned a tannery some thirty years ago in the village of York now St Cuthbert Leroux states that they were made by a collector to facilitate exchange