Canada Colonial Bank Tokens

04 - 1837 Un Sou Habitant Half Penny Province Du Bas Canada Bank Token

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Habitant Token 1837 - another token with strong symbolism for French-Canadians, this token portrays a Canadian habitant in traditional winter clothing. The reverse showed the arms of the city of Montreal with the name of one of the four participating banks on the ribbon (City Bank, Quebec Bank, La Banque du Peuple, and Bank of Montreal). For years the habitant was popularly identified with the rebel and politician Louis Joseph Papineau and the tokens known as "Papineaus." These tokens were struck by Bolton and Watt mint in England.

Source: The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens