Canada Colonial Bank Tokens
06- 1836 Bouquet Sous Lower Canada Bank Of Montreal Token
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