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Object ID # 1959.024.001
Object Name Coin
Title Bank of Upper Canada One Penny Token (1852)
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date 1852
Made Bank of Upper Canada
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario
Description An 1852 Bank of Upper Canada penny token. The edge of the token is not knurled. There is a beaded perimeter on both sides. One side has BANK OF UPPER CANADA and 1852, as well as an illustration of St. George slaying a dragon. The other side has BANK TOKEN and ONE PENNY, and a design that incorporates a crown, a triangular partial Union Jack, a crossed anchor, sword and calumet, and two cornucopias (also called horns of plenty).
Provenance The bank token is dated 1852, and was issued by the Bank of Upper Canada, which was established in 1820. This government banker had the privilege of issuing copper coins, until the financial crisis of 1867-1868, when the bank was liquidated. The token was later found in Derby Township, Grey County, Ontario.
Collection Currency Collection
Material Copper
Dimensions D-0.2 Dia-3.3 cm
Found Derby Township (formerly), Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Cameron, Elgin
Subjects Dragons