Canada Colonial Bank Tokens

06- 1836 Bouquet Sous Lower Canada Bank Of Montreal Token

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Bouquet Sous Token 1836 - This series is the most widely collected. There are about 30 major varieties that had been struck in various mints in Belleville (New Jersey), Birmingham, Montreal, and elsewhere. The legend COMMERCE and AGRICULTURE was popular because it is spelled the same for both French and English, thereby offending no one. The Bank of Montreal circulated sous or halfpennies with a bouquet of heraldic flowers on one side and the value in French (inscribed incorrectly but kept as a mark of authenticity) on the other. These sous were immediately popular and the government allowed the bank to supply Lower Canada with copper coinage.

Source: The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens