QUEBEC Montreal Bridge Token (1808) De Repentigny A L'Isle De Montreal On Lachesnaye / Cheval, Charlton BT-15, Breton #544

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QUEBEC Montreal Bridge Token (1808) De Repentigny A L'Isle De Montreal On Lachesnaye (translation: From Repentigny To Island Of Montreal Or Lachesnaye) / Cheval (Horse), Charlton BT-15, Breton #544 Very Fine holed and with scratches

The earliest bridge tokens are the famous Bout de L'Isle tokens, struck in 1808 and used to pay tolls across a series of bridges connecting the east end of Montreal Island (the Bout de L'Isle) with the mainland via Isle Bourdon. The charge for a horse (Cheval), or beast of burden was ten pence. The tokens were in use for a very short period of time as the bridges were carried away by ice in the spring of 1808.